OLIVER BEGG; HOUSE OF CAMEO; SUBZERO PHOTOGRAPHY
ART OF GIVING
Fashionable BAZAAR in Bloom guests flocked to the state
gallery to fund crucial tech for breast cancer diagnosis
ow in its fifth year, the annual BAZAAR in Bloom
oiree has cemented its place as one of the high-
ights of the philanthropic social calendar. Held for
he first time in the hallowed Art Gallery of New
South Wales, this year’s event saw more than 300
guests gather to raise awareness of and crucial funds
spital for Women in Randwick, Sydney.
For half a decade now, Harper’s BAZAAR and The Royal Hospital
for Women Foundation have proudly hosted the gala, runway show
and auction, and the fashion set continues to enthusiastically throw
their support behind the cause. This year, the impressive turnout
included notable fashion names Carla Zampatti, Alexandra and
Genevieve Smart, Rachel Gilbert and husband Tom Williams,
and Camilla Franks. The proceeds raised will contribute to the
acquisition of a state-of-the-art 3-D mammogram machine for
the hospital — vital technology that Foundation chief executive
officer Trish O’Brien estimates could double the hospital’s detection
rates for breast cancer, allowing far earlier (and hence more successful)
treatment for countless women.
Touting herself as the “mistress of ceremonies”, award-winning actor
Marta Dusseldorp took to the stage to start proceedings on an appro-
priately sentimental note, quoting the great Nick Cave on vulnera-
bility, before praising the strength and courage of those who’ve battled
breast cancer, a figure estimated to be about one in seven Australians.
As guests dined on a menu curated by chef and restaurateur Matt
Moran of Chiswick, Chiswick at the Gallery and Aria, some of the
country’s top models walked the runway in 35 custom confections by
the likes of Zimmermann, Christopher Esber, Dion Lee, Albus
Lumen and Bianca Spender.
Having just released her fourth studio album, Hilda, Jessica Mauboy
carved out time from a relentless schedule to charm guests with a
handful of her beloved hits, while DJ and visual artist Carla Uriarte
later got the crowd to their feet with her playlist of good-time tracks.
Undeniably, the focus of the night was garnering much-needed
funds, a task auctioneer Andrew Shapiro is well versed in. He led
a fierce auction of hot-ticket items and money-can’t-buy experiences
to ultimately help raise more than half a million dollars (and counting)
for a truly worthy cause close to the hearts of many. – Elle McClure
gowns by Sir.
The runway parades past guests.
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