Debutante Ball (1958)

Debutante ball, 1958

A debutante is a young woman of an aristocratic or upper-class family who has reached maturity and, as a new adult, comes out into society at a formal “debut”. Originally, the term meant the woman was old enough to be married, and part of the purpose of her coming out was to display her to eligible bachelors and their families with a view to marriage within a select circle.

Lee and Jackie at a Debutante Ball (1951)

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Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill by Cecil Beaton for Vogue at a debutante ball, 1951 via

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Lee Radziwill and Jackie Kennedy Onassis by Cecil Beaton for Vogue at a debutante ball, 1951 via

by Cecil Beaton, 10 x 8 inch bromide contact print, January 1951

Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1951 via

NPG x40347; Princess Lee Radziwill (nÈe Bouvier) by Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton, bromide print, January 1951

Lee Radziwill by Cecil Beaton for Vogue at a debutante ball, 1951 via