Founder of Le Bal Des Debutante Ophelie Reounard with Jayati Modi, Sameer Modi and Shivani Modi in Paris. Photo: Mail TodayFounder of Le Bal Des Debutante Ophelie Reounard with Jayati Modi, Sameer Modi and Shivani Modi at Paris.

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Debutante dresses and balls are notions that seem tucked away from the pages of a Jane Austen novel. But last week that the fairytale came to life for a lucky young woman–Jayati Modi was among the 20 women invited from across the world for its prestigious annual debutante ball, le Bal held in Paris lately.

Touted as “the sole debutante ball in the world by-invitation only”, the 24th annual Bal des Debutantes that’s organised by Ophelie Renouard is a entrance into global high society in which 20 young ladies and guys from well-connected families around the globe get to mingle and create lasting bonds for life.

Talking to LIFESTYLE, the effervescent 21-year-old (whose first claim to fame was Karan Johar’s film Gippi at 2013) stocks, “I got a random email from my aunt January stating that someone very close to Ophelie had asked her when I’d be interested in attending to the ball. I was sitting Goa with buddies at the moment, and believed it was a New Year’s correspondence. Afterwards I spoke with my aunt and told her I’d really like to get it done, especially when finding out it had a terrific charity trigger too.”

The ball works with Enfants d’Asie (Children of Asia), which provides care for close to 10,000 children and The Selini Institute, which provides maintenance, information and research funding towards the mental health of girls and adolescent mothers.

Debutante Jayati Modi at a Vivienne Westwood gown and Payal Mehta jewellery, with her cavalier Romain Takeo Bouyer. Photo: Mail Today

However, the approach isn’t as straightforward as getting a pedigree recommendation–a questionnaire needs to be filled to make sure that participant is a suitable candidate. “They want a set of women that are empowered, can make a shift, and are willing to do things to give back to society,” she states.

Past debutantes have included Bruce Willis’ girls, Scout and Tallulah Willis, along with Sylvester Stallone’s daughter Sophia Rose among others.

Naturally, the ball is equally concerning the fun, friendship along with high style and each debutante is paired only with one design house for her gown. Modi shares, “Vivienne Westwood did my attire and I believe it was just the perfect mix of visionary and chic. We had fittings in London at the beginning of September, and also my parents and Ophélie there for it.” While she’d always desired a princess-like apparel, she adds, “I wanted it to be glamourous and chic but enjoyable as well; not something folks might expect.” Payal Mehta did the jewellery for her according to her look.

The debutante ball has been a entrance into global high society, including the children of well-connected families around the globe.

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