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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cotillion: A Tradition

Cotillion is a well known tradition in different parts of the world. It is a formal occasion where in young ladies are introduced to the society. It is celebrated in many ways, in the Philippines Cotillion refers to the dance where the Debutante (age 18) and her escort dances with another 18 pairs  to celebrate the coming of age by the debutante.  Then there are 18 roses and 18 candles where friends and relatives give the debutante a wish or a gift. The debutante wears a gown and her escort a suit.

In Australia, the debutante ball is usually organized by a school, a club such as Lions and Rotary or the church. It is usually a fund raising event where the family of the debutante (usually aged 16 to 18) donates the money to a charity of their choice and the guests pay for their tickets. 



In America, cotillion is pretty big specially in the Southern part where the celebration starts with sessions on how to act properly and lady like. It's sometimes an elaborate celebration because it entails tuition fees, after activities and then it culminates to a Holly Ball where the ladies wear their best white gown and gloves and the guys wear their finest suit.The ladies are called Belles of the ball and are introduced to the polite society. It is a night of dancing and socialization. For most it is the social event of the year.

Cotillion also includes junior flower girls and pages depending on how elaborate the event is. Parents are also given the chance to dance with their daughter and wear their best dresses as well. For little girls and junior girls, they are also expected to wear gowns. They don't need to be as elaborate as the debutante's but it should be equally stunning. My suggested Cotillion dresses for junior girls are:

Ivory Off Shoulder Dress With A-Line Gathered Satin Skirt
Ivory Off Shoulder Dress With A-Line Gathered Satin Skirt
List Price: $75.00
Our Price: $52.99
You save $22.01!


  • Gathered/pick up A-line satin skirt
  • With matching sash and flower on the waist
  • Available in girls' size 4-16
Lilac Sleeveless Lace Accented  Waistline w/ Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress
Lilac Sleeveless Lace Accented Waistline w/ Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress
List Price: $65.00
Our Price: $44.99
You save $20.01!


  • Laces and Tulle flower girl dress
  • Tea Length
  • Available in sizes 2-12

Girl's Black and Pink Satin Bodice with Tulle Skirt Ballerina Dress
Girl's Black and Pink Satin Bodice with Tulle Skirt Ballerina Dress
List Price: $60.00
Our Price: $37.99
You save $22.01!


  • Glittery net tulle skirt over a pink poly silk skirt
  • Hand made flower on waist along with a ribbon that can be tied at the back
  • Available in all Black, Black with Pink, Mint, Dusty Rose, or Red
  • Sizes available - size 2-12
Gorgeous Ballerina dress for a ballerina princess!

How about you have you had a debut or a cotillion? 




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