All the photos from Wollongong’s glamorous Spring Fashion Gala & Cocktail Party

More than 200 women raised over $10,000 to help other women in the region on Saturday by dressing up and drinking bubbly for a good cause.

The event run by Michelle Taylor, of Get Dressed Dress Hire, and Rebecca Armstrong, of Culinarius, exceeded expectations.

The Spring Fashion Gala & Cocktail Party is held annually in support of Dress For Success.

Close to 200 women attend Get Dressed Hire's Spring Fashion Gala to raise funds for Dress For Success. Picture: Robert Peet

Close to 200 women attend Get Dressed Hire's Spring Fashion Gala to raise funds for Dress For Success. Picture: Robert Peet

In the first two years a total $5000 was raised for the charity that empowers more women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional clothing, accessories and styling advice as well as the career development tools to help them thrive in work and life. 

Dress for Success also helps them attend training courses, job interviews and subsequent employment, feeling confident and appropriately dressed.

Such was the community spirit in the room at the third annual event held in a slightly different format on Saturday that the 200 women present raised twice the amount from the first two years in one day

The live auction for the major prize had us all in tears when bidding went past $2000. I have had so much positive feedback. It has been a really fun event.

“Dress for Success raised over $10,000 which was an amazing result,” Mrs Taylor said.

“The live auction for the major prize had us all in tears when bidding went past $2000. I have had so much positive feedback. It has been a really fun event.”

Among the many highlights during the Spring Fashion Gala was Illawarra Management Committee founder Nicki Bowman taking to the catwalk three times in different outfits.

“Every time Nicki came out she got massive applause. We had five models who modeled three garments each.”

Mrs Taylor said the third event also received great support from Wollongong Art Gallery, Roza Rojano who closed her salon Total Bliss to do the hair and makeup as well as new stall holders such as Carima Couttas, of Mary Kay, Intimo Lingerie and Tiger & Taupe beauty and cosmetics. As a result of the new 4pm start many then headed to Humber for an After Party.