‘Iris Begins a New Era’ heading into second century

The Krewe of Iris presented its annual Carnival ball Saturday in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Riverside New Orleans with the theme “Iris Begins a New Era.”

Named for the goddess of the rainbow, the krewe was organized in 1917, the oldest continuing ladies’ krewe in the New Orleans area.

In the tableau, groups of krewe members portrayed various eras including ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, feudal Japan, the Stone Age, the Ice Age, Hollywood, the Roaring ’20s, the French Revolution, the Golden Age of Piracy, the Colonial period, ancient Greece, the ’60s, disco and ancient India. At the conclusion of the ball, members of the court and krewe unmasked to reveal their identities.

The maids of the royal court and their themes were: Mrs. Michelle Borrello Burgstiner, the French Revolution; Miss Olivia Lynn Dugas, ancient Egypt; Miss Daniella Garcia-Lorido, the Renaissance; Mrs. Gricelda Villagran Smith, the Golden Age of Piracy; Mrs. Angela Williams McGowan, the Aztec period; Miss Jennifer Ann Boudreaux, the Ice Age; Miss Emily Elizabeth Boudreaux, feudal Japan; and Dr. Kim LaGraize Bent, the Mexican Revolution.

Dukes of the royal court wore costumes and headpieces matching those worn by their respective maids. Dukes were Messrs. William Augustus Burgstiner IV, Vincent Michael Borrello, Stephen Joseph Borrello IV, Joseph Thomas Peake Jr., Jonathan Thomas Peake, Stephen Paul Boudreaux, Louis Joseph Reynolds Jr. and Brian Charles Bent.

Reigning as queen was Mrs. Cynthia Peake Borrello. Her majesty’s gown was made of gold re-embroidered imported lace over gold lamé. The trumpet-style dress had a sweetheart neckline and cap sleeves with gold and pearl fringe. The bodice was heavily encrusted with Swarovski rhinestone appliqués. There were matching appliqués around the hem and silver beaded leaves cascaded down the seams. The scalloped hem was edged with rhinestones and rhinestone banding. She wore a traditional Medici collar of rhinestones and rhinestone banding. The points on the collar were gold beaded drops. Her crown was gold and rhinestones as was her scepter. Her mantle was gold brocade with silver spotlight sequin appliqués surrounding the entire mantle and featured a silver spotlight crown. The entire mantle was bordered in white fur with ermine tails.

Reigning as king of Iris was Mr. Stephen Joseph Borrello III. He was costumed in a traditional tunic style made with fabric matching the queen. The entire costume was beaded with Swarovski rhinestones and rhinestone appliqués. The cuffs of the sleeves and the neck were finished with white lace. His crown and scepter matched those of the queen.

Pages to her majesty were Misses Paige Pickett Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnathan Heath Davis; and Valentina Sanchez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jari Sanchez.

Pages to his majesty were Masters Aiden Christian German, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris German; and Zachary Paul Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Johnson.

Ladies-in-waiting to her majesty were Misses Lily Ann Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnathan Heath Davis; Lauren Adelle Galligan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Galligan Jr.; Sophia Carolina Iacono, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Iacono; Emily Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Mr. Joshua Miller and Ms. Carmen Meaux Miller; Adelaide Elizabeth Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Anthony Moore; and Madalyn Nichole and Sarah Grace Scalia, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. David Scalia.

Junior maids were Misses Isabella Marie Blanco, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Astler; Rylan Elisabeth Doolittle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thomas Doolittle Jr.; Megan Elizabeth Guthrie, daughter of Mr. Morris Edward Guthrie III; Isabella Emilia Klar, daughter of Mr. Kevin Klar and Ms. Monica Campbell; Fiona Hanna Marks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everard Marks; Samantha McKechnie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve McKechnie; Madison Sophie Wendel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wendel; and Zoë Gail Wooten, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hilary Plante.

The attendant to their majesties was Master Andres A. Garcia-Lorido, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Garcia.

For 2018, the captain returned to the historical use of resplendent feathers for her costume. Coque and pheasant plumes were featured throughout the gown and split over the shoulder back piece. The creation included sequin and rhinestone accents along with glittering sculpted spike elements. Highlighting the black costume, crystal gems were featured throughout and included sequin-wrapped arms and legs. A gem-encrusted spiked headpiece and the unique Iris fan completed her ensemble

The captain emeritus wore a dress of gold lace over peau de soie decorated with sequins and rhinestones.

The officers wore gold and off-white lace over gold dupioni silk gowns in varying styles, with gold and antique gold appliqués. Gold rhinestone tiaras completed their ensemble.

Music for the ball was provided by Carnaval, directed by Mr. B.J. Perez.

Mr. William L. Danflous Sr. served as general chairman of the ball, with Messrs. Michael Haydel as honorary general chairman and John C. Oswald Jr. as general chairman emeritus. General committeemen were Messrs. Nicholas J. Beninate Jr., Robert A. Brown, Chad M. Bruno, John G. Bruno, Terry M. Bruno, McKinley Cantrell Jr., Earl Duke, Dr. Dan Duvan, Andy Garcia, Gordon M. Gegenheimer, Thomas Groom, Dr. Jack J. Jacob, John J. Kramer Jr., Robert A. Kutcher, Anthony Lala Jr., Michael C. Landry, Pendleton W. Larsen, Herbert LeBlanc, Walter Lee, Wayne M. Lee, Philip S. Lundgren, Dr. Timothy Melancon, David Mercer, John F. Meyer Jr., Darren C. Monie, Dr. David M. Mulnick, Edmund J. Muniz, Barry Orillion, Lawrence W. Pickett, Jack P. Rizzuto, John Richard, Walter F. Schwander, Alan Smason, Philip G. Sprick, Henry Suthon, John Tessitore, Carroll P. Trosclair, Franklin B. Young and Ben Zahn.

Immediately following the ball, a supper dance was held in the Grand Salon of the Hilton Riverside New Orleans.