If you’re a hat lover, head wear enthusiast, aspiring milliner or maybe you’d just like to enjoy a decadent night out, you can’t miss the highly anticipated Millinery Association of Australia’s Imaginarium Masquerade Ball on 3 July at the Hilton Hotel.
The event will celebrate the finale of the Australia Millinery Association Convention, which is held over one week at the end of June into July, teaching students all about the art of hats and headwear.
Hosted by the Millinery Association of Australia along with Brisbane’s Design Diva, Leigh Buchanon, the ball will be open to the public and is set to welcome over 200 delegates along with Australia’s top milliners and overseas guests.
Convention Convenor, Alison Clark said this year’s event was more organised.
“Last year, it was very last minute so it was very stressful. This year, along with co-convenor Brenda Wilson, we have been working hard on preparations and know that it’s going to be even bigger and better than the previous event,” she said.
“Traditionally the finale ball is for the delegates, but this year we felt that because everyone loves an event where they can get dressed up and have some fun, we should open the invitations up to the public.”
“It’s a great way to promote millinery and the charity we are helping.”
All proceeds of the ball and its auctions will go to the ACT for kids, who help prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.
On the night, there will be 15 hats up for auction all made by Australia’s top milliners in a Master Milliner Challenge during the week of the convention.
“It’s a bit like Masterchef, where we have a mystery box with ingredients like feathers and straw etc. The milliners will run around to all the different shops at the Trade Show and get the other ingredients they need and then they have two hours to make a hat. They are judged at the end,” she said.
“It’s great seeing how all the milliners interpret the materials differently.”
And, “some are very competitive.”
Ms Clark said the ball will also feature entertainment and fun for all walks of life.
“We have great acts, burlesque dancers and drags acts too and we will be having a live auction to assist with the fundraising for ACT,” she said.
“It’s a fun event, and people will have fun dressing up and donning their masks.”
The Imaginarium Masquerade Ball will be held on Friday 3 July at the Hilton Hotel in Queen Street, Brisbane. It starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $140 each. To book, visit www.trybooking.com
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