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Balls and galas in Singapore: Our guide to 2015’s last formal events and where to rent a gown and hire a dress for the night

We love a good gala! Supporting charity events and attending glamourous formal balls is one of our favourite pastimes in Singapore. Just when you thought it was too late to get in on the last of 2015’s annual charity balls and philanthropic galas, here are three more to keep you all dressed up. Pinkies up, ladies – let’s get dressy!
The CRIB Ball: A Dance with Dragons, 25 November 2015, Gardens by the Bay

Here be dragons…Empowering the next generation of women entrepreneurs is what CRIB is all about. Celebrating the social enterprise that supports and inspires successful women to become the best business leaders they can be, the CRIB Ball is the annual year-end formal event held this year at Gardens by the Bay boasting the theme A Dance With Dragons, inspired by the insanely popular television series, ‘Game of Thrones’. Transforming the Flower Dome’s Flower Field Hall into a Thrones-esque Banquet Hall, empowered women (and their partners) are set to dine on a gourmet dinner presented by celebrity master chefs.

Tickets to The CRIB Ball: A Dance with Dragons are priced from S$600 to S$1000 (CRIB members from S$390 to S$490); tables of 10 are also available. Memberships for CRIB range from S$80 to S$180 for a Pro membership – dues are per-annum.
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BritCham Singapore Ball: Colours of Singapore, 5 December 2015, Resorts World Sentosa

To celebrate SG50 and the cultural diversity of Singapore, Singapore’s British Chamber of Commerce hosts their 2015 annual knees-up at Resorts World Sentosa, Colours of Singapore. Special cocktails created by L’Aiglon Bar and free flow wines and spirits are expected to be at-the-ready for an entire evening of revelry, in celebration of Singapore’s rich heritage. Attendees will dine on a specialty menu curated with the theme “Streets of Singapore” in mind, while looking forward to later dancing the night away on Sentosa Island.

Tickets to BritCham Singapore Ball: Colours of Singapore are priced at S$295 per person, with tables of ten, eleven, and twelve available for purchase.

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Friends of Akaraka Inaugural Gala: Casino Royale, 9 December 2015, Artemis

Funding university education for underprivileged youths in the South East Asian countries of Cambodia, the Philippines and right here at home in Singapore, the Friends of Akaraka is a group comprised entirely of volunteers dedicated to the empowerment of students to overcome their challenges and become responsible leaders of the next generation. AT their inaugural gala, the Friends of Akaraka transform new restaurant Artemis into Monte Carlo, a lá Casino Royale, complete with live jazz, gaming tables, unlimited bubbles and a gourmet feast. Stylish attendees are encouraged to dress-to-the-nines in their best “Bond” and “Bond Girl” threads for this inspirational fundraiser.

Tickets to the Friends of Akaraka are priced at S$388 per person; a portion of your ticket amount goes directly to funding a student-in-need’s education and toward sourcing internships.

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Need a fantastic frock or a deliriously delicious dress? If you’re anything like me, there’s no need to own formal dresses when you know you’ll never wear the same dress twice. Why bother buying a ball gown when you can rent? Hiring formal gowns and evening wear dresses is as easy as clacking on your keyboard. Here are my go-to formal frock rental places for gorgeous gowns that will only be worn once!

Launched earlier this year by awesome social entrepreneur and savvy businesswoman in her own right, Carol Chen. Covetella offers an infinite online dream closet for all of your events! Loaded with nicely priced designer dress rentals and a changing inventory of designer dresses, Covetella is a winner in our book, and offer discounts on the events listed above. Want to keep the dress? Covetella also sells gowns, and offers a bespoke service for those who don’t want to share.

Love Potion

With a convenient brick-and-mortar outlet in Far East Plaza, Love Potion has a wide range of formal frocks and ladies available that perform on-site alterations. Prices range from S$50 to $400 for dream designs, and rental periods are usually one- to two-days long.

dress hire in Singapore for formal events and galas
Rent a Dress Singapore offers a variety of ball gowns and dresses


R.A.D. Singapore

Although I haven’t tried Rent a Dress, this site was recommended by our oh-so-stylish fashion editor. A quick scroll through the site reveals gorgeous, designer gowns for hire. The rental process for luxury designer dress rental company R.A.D. seems tremendously easy – shop and pay online for your dress, it gets delivered to your door, and four days later, the shop collects the gown!
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