Friday night was the inaugural White Tie Club Trafalgar Dinner at the East India Club. Now, The White Tie Club has had some controversy over the past week, with the Sunday Times deciding to label us 'White Tie Tories', in an article published last Sunday, and calling us 'Hitler Youth' on Twitter. Firstly, The White Tie Club has absolutely no political affiliations whatsoever, it is simply a club for people who wish to wear White Tie dress more often. After all, who doesn't like to dress up and look all pretty!? Especially with the popularity of Downton Abbey! Plus, men look awesome in white tie.
The Hitler Youth comment came after a guy posted a photo of Hitler and Goebbels dressed in white tie on the facebook group. This was posted merely as a reference on how to wear white tie, and many photographs of other people (non-Nazi's) including Churchill and Fred Astaire, were also posted. Also, not everyone in the group is a Tory, but as a few members are part of the Conservative Future, the Times jumped on it and labelled us elitist. Is it really elitist to wear a certain style of clothing? There are many who wear white tie as a uniform, including conductors of orchestra's...does that mean they are also elitist?
Anyway, rant aside, here are the photos! And please, if you feel it is elitist to want to wear a pretty dress and eat dinner with friends, do let me know. Maybe it's just me who thinks there is nothing wrong with it :/
Although I'm sure the menu dishes were delicious, I don't like crab or beef (fussy eater), so went for the vegetarian option, which was absolutely wonderful! My parents have eaten at the East India Club before and told me how great the food is there, and needless to say they were right!
|Paul giving his wee speech on the White Tie Club and Battle of Trafalgar (the reason we had the dinner).|
|The back of my hair. Pretty good for a first attempt I think!|
|Can I have your hat? It's pretty hot.|
|Zach decided to give us an opera performance? Slightly random, but very entertaining!|
I hope I haven't caused too much controversy with this post, but I do think the word 'elitist' is thrown around far too much. This is something I believe strongly about, so won't go into it as it'll need an entirely separate post, but to me the White Tie Club is simply a very fun group where you have the chance to dress up all pretty and pretend you're Lady Mary (everyone knows Mary is the best of the three Crawley sisters)! I'm still unsure as to how that is resembling the 'Hitler Youth'.