Prague gala makes Perth mogul’s fairy tale dream come true

Ray White Dalkeith-Claremont director Vivien Yap.
Ray White Dalkeith-Claremont director Vivien Yap.

WHILE she regularly makes real estate news in Perth, Ray White Dalkeith-Claremont director Vivien Yap was part of another property-related media storm recently.

She and her husband Johann attended a gala dinner hosted by French fashion icon Louis Vuitton in the Vladislav Hall at Prague Castle.

Mrs Yap said it was the first time in history a private party was held inside the castle, so local media interest was high.

It also came at a high cost, at 605,000 euro just to rent the hall — significantly higher than Perth rental prices.

Only 100 guests from around the world were invited to the event where Louis Vuitton launched a new jewellery collection, Riders of the Knight.

Guests were also treated to a dinner by French chef Alain Passard, owner of three Michelin Star restaurant Arpege.

Mrs Yap said it was a fairy tale evening and the setting was a perfect place to launch the incredible collection.

“We entered through the same staircase taken by knights on horseback centuries ago and stepped into the grandest of halls,’ she said.

She was thrilled to meet Benoit Louis Vuitton, the great, great grandson of Louis Vuitton, and the artistic director of high jewellery Francesa Amfitheatrof.

But it was straight back to business on her return to Perth, with Mrs Yap and her team putting over $16 million worth of property under offer over the weekend.