One night, a lifetime of carnival fashions

By LESLEY APPS

HELEN Pullen's life flashed before her welled-up eyes ? the 'fashionista' of the July Racing Carnival overwhelmed by the sight of her muses as they paraded her outfits from race days gone by.

Local girls Michelle Page and Lisa Dougherty donned Helen's perfect petite attire for this colourful retrospective of one lady's wardrobe from almost 50 years of local racing carnivals.

Held at the Grafton Regional Gallery on Friday night, the fascinating parade featured various decades of Helen's elegant garments complete with matching hats, shoes, handbags and hair ? thanks to some smart blonde bob hair pieces.

It not only took Helen for a trip down 'carnival' lane, but also the audience, many associating racing fashion with the tiny, well-dressed woman that stands fenceside in the member's stand at every race.

The audience was also treated to the latest local fashion from Mackellys, Chioux Boutique of Yamba, Lasting Impressions, Valley Country and Surface 2 Air, as well as a selection of stylish headwear from The Hat Box of Brisbane and Double Bay milliner extraordinaire Neil Grigg. Local models did a fabulous job as did their escort for the evening, jockey Craig Franklin, who, at one stage, bravely stood arm-inarm with six-foot tall twins.

Georgies again circulated some tasty canapes and the champagne flowed well into the evening.

The parade ran smoothly thanks to The Daily Examiner's own Style Gurus Kerry Di Mattia and Sharon Fallon, while Ray Smith did a fine job compering the catwalk activity.

The event also heralded the opening of the photographic exhibition by Examiner snappers Simon Hughes, Adam Hourigan and Debrah Novak.

The Bob Pavitt-conducted calcutta wrapped up this fine evening of fun, fashion, and photography.



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