Paris Fashion Week eat your heart out!

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Trying to decide what to wear to this year’s big event? Well, we’ve done some thinking for you…

From the usual Aurora formal glamour to the joy of the accessory, from Parisian burlesque to the extravagance that brought about a revolution, this year’s Gay Paris Annual Dinner presents many a gorgeous option for your look…themed or otherwise.

For those who love Annual Dinner formal wear – the tuxedo, evening gown, black tie, ruffled shirt, waist coat or cocktail dress – you may like to look at the following:

Clothing hire:
Myer
Roger David Suit Hire
Skin Deep is great for men’s accessories

Vintage clothing stores:
The Vintage Clothing Shop

Maybe you’d like a touch of dress up with a gorgeous accessory for your outfit – a feather, a hat, a fascinator, a piece of jewellery…
Hatworld online store

Thinking wigs? You might want to think visit House of Priscilla.
Check out Photios Brothers for dress trimming, jewellery, feathers etc.

And, of course, don’t forget the eternal stalwarts of queer celebration: places like Lincraft and Spotlight for feathers and costume decoration.

If you’ve a penchant for really dressing up, you may need to pay a visit to one of the following:

THE COSTUME SHOP – WATERLOO AND CBD
19, 198-222 Young Street, Waterloo NSW 2017
Ph: 02 9318

Level 1, 78 Liverpool Street, (Near Sussex Street), Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 02 9283 0200

Under the Period category are a number of 18th century outfits that would be appropriate. The cute category includes can can, burlesque and French maid. Ring mistress might also suit your style. Josephine and Napoleon are also on the list.

ACE COSTUME HIRE – PETERSHAM
Ace has French maid, Napoleon and can can dancers but only some photos to show the range.

FANCY SHMANCY – BONDI JUNCTION
91 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction
Ph: 02 9389 7155

Here they have a 1600-1800 category including Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, aristocrat. They also have burlesque and show girl.

SNOG THE FROG – SURRY HILLS
10 Hart Street, Surry Hills
Ph: 02 9690 2001

Check out:
17th century male and female
18th century female includes Marie Antoinette options
18th century male includes Napoleon as well as other options which may be popular except for Captain Cook of course. Basic category includes a burlesque outfit

CHRISTINA COSTUMES – COOGEE
15 Havelock Avenue, Coogee

Refer to the French and Burlesque categories: French themed outfits, including French Revolution and Napoleon. There’s a Burlesque category which includes outfits that would definitely be appropriate. Under sexy female, Marie Antoinette could be your thing.

JESTER FANCY DRESS – CARINGBAH
324 The Kingsway, Caringbah 2229
Ph: 02 9525 2855

Check out: Marie Antoinette and French maid under the around the world category; Louis and Napoleon under Medieval/Period. They also have masquerade ball masks that might work depending on the outfit to go with it!

NORTH SHORE COSTUMES – NORTH SYDNEY
158 Pacific Highway, North Sydney 2060
Ph: 02 9957 4394

Please note that the owner of this store is none other than Australian icon – Rita the Eta Eater!
Although the wrong side of the Channel, the Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn could easily be considered French by some.
Not many pictures online but French maid is mentioned and, if in the area, could be worth a pop in as they advertise over 3,000 costumes.

FANCY THAT COSTUME HIRE – CROWS NEST
1st floor, 397 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest
Ph: 02 9906 6135

Burlesque and can can could fit the brief. Through the Ages has a Marie Antoinette look but nothing much for the boys at this venue.

ABC COSTUME HIRE – ARTARMON
Gate 7, 8 Lanceley Place, Artarmon NSW 2064
Ph: 02 8333 5757

Have a look at the 1790s costumes including Louis XV, Josephine, Napoleon; 1700s has bustle dress, French gendarme etc; and under F on the website, there is French renaissance and French maid.

We suggest you check the websites and/or ring for open days and times.

Have fun with these ideas and we look forward to seeing you on June 25th in your best, finest and fanciest!