The Best of… Il Ballo del Doge – III Edition – “Shadows of a Dream”

22 February 2014 20:30to23 February 2014 03:30

What is Il Ballo del Doge ?

10 February 1994, Il Ballo del Doge was born.
“One of the ten things one must absolutely do in a lifetime.” 
(ABC Television)

Il Ballo del Doge 2014

For her love for the splendor of Venice and from her personal search for beauty, Antonia Sautter gives life to the International Carnival Gala, which, for over twenty years, has been this Venetian designer’s flagship.

Il Ballo del Doge is an artistic event, a mundane appointment, an unforgettable experience that unites Guests coming from all corners of the earth.

This fantastic production transcends from a simple party to becoming a real international happening, celebrated by VIP, celebrities and by all those hunting for dreams.

According to Vanity Fair it is “the most sumptuous, refined and exclusive ball in the world.” This is just one of the definitions the international press attributed to Il Ballo del Doge. ABC Television described it as “one of the ten things one must do in one’s lifetime.”

Antonia Sautter is the pulsating heartbeat of Il Ballo del Doge, with her fantasies made up of images, colours and sounds, with her dreams elaborated on, with her emotions very ably interpreted that wrap themselves around her Guests, the real protagonists of the evening, like an embrace.

The sumptuous costumes that she both designed and made, the marvelous makes that disguise even the most famous of faces, the performances of international artists, the refinement and elegance of the decorations studied with passion and accuracy are only a few of the emotions experimented by the Traveller.

Enchanted, even she herself, by the charm for her own city, the creator of Il Ballo del Doge treats each theme with unusual elegance, looking to the future without forgetting, but rather, appraising the great tradition of the Venetian Carnival.

The Best of… Il Ballo del Doge 2014

Il Ballo del Doge 2014

“the Best of… Il Ballo del Doge” is entitled ‘Shadows of a Dream’ this year and is the great event that opens Carnival in Venice Saturday 22 February 2014, spectacular moment to relive the emotions of twenty years of history of the famous Ball produced by Antonia Sautter.

A party during which the most spectacular performances from the 20 past editions of Il Ballo del Doge are reproposed, in an emotional crescendo of breathtaking exhibitions.

“the Best of… Il Ballo del Doge” will make you relive in one night the dreams from Il Ballo del Doge.

Ticket Information

the Best Of… Il Ballo del Doge is the great opening event of Carnival in Venice, Saturday 22 February. During the evening the most representative and spectacular moments of the XX past editions of Il Ballo del Doge will be proposed, during which national and international artists will perform to a beating and compelling rhythm. The chosen theme for the 2014 edition is shadows of Dream.
After the Welcome Cocktail a placé dinner will be held on the first noble floor of the palace. From midnight on a disco will be open with two open bars available for Guests until the end of the evening.


Each guest can choose between two types of tickets:

1. VIP ENTRY includes:
– Entrance to Palazzo Pisani Moretta 20:30
– Welcome Cocktail
– Placé dinner on the second floor
– Show in the central salon on the noble floor Friends and groups of friends, can have the possibility of sharing the same table, by filling in the form when booking.
Ticket cost Eur 1.000,00 per person

2. FULL ENTRY includes:
– Entrance to the palace at 23:30
– Great show in the Central salon on the noble floor
Ticket cost Eur 500,00 per person

The opening of the doors in Palazzo Pisani Moretta will take place at 20.30 precisely.
You are kindly advised to respect the timetable indicated in order to avoid unpleasant waiting.

Dress Code and Costumes

Il Ballo del Doge 2014

For the Best of… Il Ballo del Doge period costume is the obligatory dress code. Therefore evening dresses and tuxedos are not allowed.

In Atelier Antonia Sautter you have the possibility of admiring more than 1500 Haute Couture costumes with collections which range from Medieval times up to the 20s in the XX century completely ‘revisited’ by Antonia Sautter’s creativity and fantasy. The spectacular costumes that each year are created by the designer herself for Il Ballo del Doge, they are “unique pieces” with “period style Haute Couture” realized and decorated totally by hand with rich trimmings, Swarovski crystals, ribbons and precious fabrics.

These costumes can be rented or purchased by booking by email to or by fax to the number +39 041 5220307 or by calling +39 0412413802. During Carnival period costume fittings will take place in Atelier Antonia Sautter situated in San Marco, Calle Del Carro 1628 or in the Hotel Bauer (Sala Cesetti on the First Floor), where a second Atelier will be set up for this occasion.
Costume fittings can be held at any time during the year in Atelier Antonia Sautter, which, in that case, will be entirely reserved for the Guest.

It is necessary to communicate your arrival dates to us so we can find a time that works best for you. For this occasion besides the Atelier Antonia Sautter another Atelier will be set up on the first floor of the Hotel Bauer. You are informed that costume fittings can be booked during the year so as to avoid overflow during the days of Carnival.

All hired costumes can be collected and delivered back either by clients or by booking a delivery service. (See Section ‘Extra services’).

The cost of the costume varies on how precious the garment is.


For information regarding, Entrance to Events & Costume Fitting and Rental in Atelier Antonia Sautter:
Antonia Sautter Creations & Events
San Marco 1286
30124 Venezia
Ph. Office & Atelier +39 041 2413802 (Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 19.00)
Fax Ufficio & Atelier + 39 041 5220307
Ph. boutique + 39 041 5224426 (everyday from 10:00 to 20:00)
Fax boutique + 39 041 5287543

Do you need more info about the event? Contact the event organizer: .