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The 13th Annual Edwardian Ball and World's Faire


Friday Jan 18, 2013 (8pm–2am)

Saturday Jan 19, 2013 (8pm–2am)


The Regency Ballroom

1300 Van Ness Ave



$85 VIP / $30 - 50 general

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Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was an illustrator, author, Tony Award-winning costume designer, and fur coat aficionado whose expression of the macabre, blended with mid-19th to early 20th century fashion, has created a cult following and left an indelible mark on the style and couture of much of the circus, burlesque, and burner subcultures. (Check out this NIN video designed to look like a Gorey book for a quick glimpse into his style.) The man is the namesake of the now-quintessential annual Edwardian Ball. Dress your darkest and finest and bring yourself to the immersive experience of the ball: performance, oddities, absinthe and parlor games, along with super sexy burlesque and cabaret by the Fossettes, co-hosts Vau de Vire Society, and more. And for more Goreyesque steampunk fun, don't miss out on Friday's Edwardian World's Faire and Saturday's daytime Edwardian Vendor Bazaar.

Joshua Wyatt, Flavorpill

The Edwardian Ball says…

Costumed and enthusiastic attendees, traveling from as far as Australia, Japan, and the UK, flock to this San Francisco tradition for a delightful blend of ballroom dancing, live music, riveting stage shows, DJs, fine art galleries, a vending marketplace, absinthe cocktails, steam machinery, parlour games, sideshows, and more.