STYLEAID celebrates 20 years with a fabulous finale

This years’ STYLEAID fashion fundraiser proved that even after 20 years you can create something special, attention grabbing and memorable.

Taking on the theme of ICON, Perth’s premier fundraiser ball bowed out in style with a mind blowing catwalk show and stunning musical and dance performances.

The real heroes of the night though were the people who have come to the event to help raise funds for the WA AIDS Council, many of them have been attending the event for decades.

While the WA AIDS Council announced that this year’s event would be the final outing of the much loved party, it has been revealed that the event will return in as new form in the future allowing the collaboration between Perth’s fashion and creative communities and the council to continue on.

Prior to the guests arriving there’e a flurry of activity as a massive team of hairdressers and make-up artists work with a company of models to create the right looks for the stunning clothes they are about to wear.

Backstage dancers from the WA Ballet warn up, and some of Perth’s most talented drag performers zip around.

Just before the VIP guests arrive STYLEAID Coordinator Mark Reid takes a moment to shoot some fun pictures with the models that will greet the guests at a pre-event cocktail party.

This year the event was held at the brand new Crown Towers Ballroom. Guests were treated to a three course meal, drinks and a sensational line-up of entertainment. 

Inside the ballroom a massive four catwalk stage filled the room ,giving everyone a spot close up to the action.

Singer Ali Bodycoat took to the stage to welcome guests, and soon the catwalk was filled with models showcasing the many designers featured in the show.

Fashion on the catwalk included work from Hoodedwept, Aurelio Costarella, Ae’lkemi, One Fell Swoop, Zhivago and Steph Audino.

Dancers from the WA Ballet performed to Madonna, and drag stars Scarlet Adams, Veronica Jean Jones and Fay Rocious got the crowd in the mood for dancing with a little Donna Summer. Later in the night DJ Hello Sailor spun the tunes.

In between all the entertainment hosts Cassie Silver and Matt Tinney from Channel Seven welcomed the crowd and helped run a massive auction to raise much needed funds.

The guests threw in quick-fire bids for artwork by photographer Richard Mathias, a large painting from Elle Campbell, and a dress created by the late designer Ruth Tarvydas.

Runway Photography: Shirin Carter

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