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We were there: The Life Ball

Our reporter was on the scene for the over-the-top antics in Vienna.

Photograph: Linda Simpson
Jake Shears
Photograph: Linda Simpson
Photograph: Linda Simpson
Kembra Pfahler (right)
Photograph: Linda Simpson
Photograph: Linda Simpson
Amanda Lepore

Imagine a Halloween extravaganza at the Metropolitan Museum of Art combined with Priscilla Queen of the Desert and you’ve got a mild idea of Vienna’s spectacularly over-the-top Life Ball, which annually raises millions of Euros for worldwide AIDS organizations. This past weekend’s 20th-anniversary at the city’s magnificent Gothic City Hall lured a wild mix of celebrities (featured guests included Bill Clinton, Antonio Banderas and Mila Jovovich), socialites, drag queens and scores of costumed revelers. A planeload of New Yorkers summoned for the occasion included creatures of the night Ladyfag, Justin Bond, Susanne Bartsch and paparazzi favorite Amanda Lepore, whose red-streaked skintight dress was inspired by the party’s theme, “Fighting the Flames of Ignorance.”

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