Photos by @dina_litovsky | Debutante balls are a curious, coming-of-age ritual for New York and international high society, a vestige of a bygone era. The debutantes, young women between 18 and 25, apply and are chosen based on their education, accomplishments, and background. Wearing long white gowns and gloves, the women are "introduced" to society in a lavish celebration at a ballroom in a New York hotel. It begins with a receiving line, followed by each debutante being presented in front of the guests as she takes a bow. Closing the formal part of the ceremony is a father-daughter dance, after which more dancing rounds off the night. A lot of my work explores rituals and rites of passage in different layers of society. To see more, follow me @dina_litovsky.