Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dress for Success Sydney and The Darnell Collection present '100 Years of Power Dressing' 2015

Brigitte Grant Photography's exquisite photographs capture the glamour, elegance and high voltage evening on June 17th when celebrities, high profile women, passionate supporters of Dress for Success Sydney, and hundreds of guests, behind the scenes helpers and a massive media contingent, got together to make the evening a phenomenal success.

305 guests were entertained with stories, models with 'attitude' and glorious couture gowns (not to mention the handsome escorts who helped the models with their long trains and fragile gowns).

Special thanks to Australasian Hair & Beauty, Sydney; Rocket Hair; Prema Hair (Matthew Rogan Hair) and Westfield Sydney for their platinum sponsorship of the charity event. xx

Here are a few photographs that relive this extraordinary evening. Thank you to everyone involved.

Wearing a purple and silver lurex gown from the 60s, I was more than delighted to receive a huge bunch of red roses at the end of the evening. From David Jones, no less!
Eleni Vergotis and Joe Ayat look appropriately sophisticated for 2000. Ellen wears Vivienne Westwood Couture
Marta Dusseldorp recreates 'Charlotte Gray' wearing a dress from War Time 1940s
Olivia de Govrik and Sam Ayat bring an empowered 2000 to life. Olivia wears a gown by Michelle Jank - and 15 meters of Merino wool jersey!

Our '100 Years of Power Dressing' begins with Kelly Doust (author of Minxy Vintage) and Mathew Lynn (Painter and Archibald finalist) wearing a divine lace dress from 1900

Kelly Doust - a beautiful Edwardian lady

Rebecca Peronne knows how to wear Claude Montana (1990s)

Fabuloously stylish and extra sparkling, Eleni in Westwood (2013)

Sky News has never been so colourful!

The beautiful Alexia Gnocchi Ruscone wears a floaty creation by Danica of Double Bay (1970)

Stunning Janice Petersen, SBS World News, wears a tantalising lace pant suit by Ann Pakradooni of Philadelphia (1970s)

Alexi does her 70s moves!

Crystal Carrington meets her match with beautiful Georgie Gardner (Channel Nine) dressed in Victor Costa (80s) 

Crystal aka Georgie!

Never has the 90s been so perfectly recreated! Regal Deborah Knight (Chanel Nine) does her moves dressed in Valentino Haute Couture

A Claude Montana couture wedding suit is perfectly worn by super chic Rebecca and her handsome escort Tim Ball (90s)

Stunning Alex Wileman swaps TV reality clothes (Kokoda Challenge) for a tulle and silver paillettes ballgown (90s)

Flawless and poised Olivia rocks a 70s gilt mesh snake belt in her hair!

Our next generation of empowered women (Olivia and Eleni are 15!)

Janice strikes a bit of a Saturday Night/Bee Gees pose

Author and TV personality, Claudia Chan Shaw makes a perfect 20s pose - so Hercule Poirot

Deni Hines, Jazz singer extraordinaire, adds a note of grace to her 20s silk ensemble

Claudia and Deni are escorted by the suave Stuart White as they bring the Gatsby to life

Serene beauty Marija is svelte in her 30s silk and metallic thread gown and mink stole

Super svelte!!

Mathew Lyn is lead down the catwalk by Marta Dusseldorp!

Joe, Olivia, Sam and Eleni pose in 60s ensembles (Pucci for the girls) as guests arrive

Tim Ball and 'MadMen' bombshell (and incredible Jazz singer) Penelope Sai make their mark (1950s) 

Feisty, perky and gorgeous Jacinta Tynan, Sky News, rocks a 60s Geoffrey Beene wool ensemble

With cheekbones to die for, sultry Sharon McKenzie, Sky News, rocks an OP Art Leonard of Paris
wool jumpsuit from the 1960s

Straight from the set of MadMen, Penelope wears a stunning silk dress worn by
Australian Mezzo Soprano, Margreta Elkins

The Divine Suzie Mack, TVSN, knows how to wear Valentina, and dance with Rat Pack, Donny Galella, Stylist at Channel 7. I don't think you could get more sequins or glass beads onto a mini dress - and I don't think you could find a more perfect person to wear this!
Marta amuses herself as I recount a long story about her dress!!!
The Belles of the 60s Ball! Suzie, Sharon and Jacinta
Super star and stunning Miss Universe Australia, Tegan Martin, wears Oscar de la Renta and Emanuel Ungaro (1980s)

Kirsty Simmonds, organiser and passionate DfSS supporter, without whom my involvement
as Ambassador and host of the gala would never have happened.
And behind her, a fellow Ambassador, Kirsten Galliot, Editor in Chief, Qantas Magazine, MC's the event