Upper secondary schools throughout Finland celebrated this week with the Seniors' Ball, an event where second-year students don ball gowns and black ties to represent their ascension to the status of the school's new seniors, as the graduating class prepare for their matriculation examinations.
The event is a highlight of the year for many, as students dress up in their finest gowns and suits. The fashion of ball gowns this year whirled around soft pastel colours and strapless as well as two-piece ensembles.
The dazzling creations were pulled together with essential elements such as glamorous hair styles, makeup and footwear, not forgetting finishing touches including nail varnish, ribbons and rosettes.
For many the Seniors' Ball is the culmination of months of practice and anticipation in the quest to find the perfect dance partner and dress, while also learning all of the steps to the many dance routines.
Below is a compilation depicting the glitz and glamour of Seniors' Balls from Lahti, Tampere, Kouvola, Jyväskylä, Pori and Kemi.