Dress­ing the Belles of the Ball

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Adelinde Cor­nelis­sen, who is best known for her part­ner­ship with the Dutch Warm­blood Jerich Parzi­val, said she was thrilled when she had the chance to wear a dress de­signed by Reem Acra to the FEI Gen­eral Assem­bly Gala in Rio de Janiero in 2011. “I was flab­ber­gasted. What a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence,” she says.

The de­sign of the gown was a com­plete sur­prise to Cor­nelis­sen, who had trav­eled to Paris to meet with Acra. “Within no time, she knew what kind of character I was and what dress I would like,” she says. The dress took shape in a golden gown, ac­cented with glitter and sparkles. “I re­ally felt like a win­ner,” the lucky re­cip­i­ent re­mem­bers.

Char­lotte Du­jardin echoed a sim­i­lar sen­ti­ment. “I was for­tu­nate to wear one of Reem Acra’s stun­ning dresses when I re­ceived the FEI Best Ath­lete Award in 2013. Reem Acra’s de­signs epit­o­mize time­less el­e­gance, and you can’t help but feel beau­ti­ful in one of them. The dress and the oc­ca­sion sum­ma­rized my jour­ney so far, and I thank Ms. Acra for the honor.”

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