On the evening of Saturday January 31st hundreds of revelers descended upon the decaying Tower Theater in Downtown Los Angeles for an evening of art, music and creative fashion. The very first Edwardian Ball had landed in Southern California. The response was both enthusiastic and unforgettable.
Even at the very start of the night the venue was already over flowing with a sea of people in costumes ranging from the Victorian era to Burning Man types with glow in the dark accessories. It was hands down one of the most eclectic crowds to ever gather in such a setting, sporting a very healthy representation from all the generations presently dwelling in the City of Angels.
This was not the typical glam scene with nothing but pretty young kids. It was a crowd marked by character faces from youthful scenesters to the WWII generation, making for some of the greatest people watching I’ve had in at least a decade. What was equally significant was how respectful everyone behaved with regard to sharing space for a night. There was no ageism, scene hauteur or other negativity often played out in the darkness of a Los Angeles night. I have no idea if that was due to people taking up the spirit of a time when people had manners or if it was sheer communal joy for a shared passion. Either way, it was beautiful and set the tone for the night.