Antonia Sautter speaks to Athens Insider on the eve of the 20th Edition of Il Ballo del Doge, Venice’s most extravagant and sought-after ball. This year’s theme is “Amore” and the exquisite historical Gothic palace, Palazzo Pisani Moretta comes alive with celebrities and well known personalities from industry, politics and the arts who mingle with each other incognito during the week long festivities.
An Italian period costume designer and stylist based in Venice,
Antonia Sautter is the inspiration behind Il Ballo del Doge, the
costume ball held each year during the Carnival of Venice in Palazzo Pisani Moretta on the Grand Canal in Venice. Antonia Sautter started her career in fashion at a very young age and after working at prestigious fashion houses in the US, she returned to Venice to open her own atelier and start her own fashion line Fashion Venetia. Her extensive knowledge of the history of costumes and fabrics together with her promotion and use of traditional Venetian crafts makes her spectacular costumes extremely sought-after by locals, tourists and theatrical and film productions. Her costumes have graced Jean Louis Guillermou’s Antonio Vivaldi, un Prince à Venise (France, 2006) starring Michel Serrault and Stefano Dionisi.