Dressing the Belles of the Ball
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.”