Touch of Teal

By Alice Collins

I have many fond memories of shopping at the Strand Arcade, from purchasing my first ballet shoes from Bloch as a six year old, to buying an antique broach for my mums 50th and purchasing my first leather jacket at Allanah Hill. But the most fun and memorable moment was when I took Princess Mary's sisters Patricia Bailey and Jane Stephens, Natasha Stott Despojia, Madeline West, Alice Burton and the delightful Jean Kitson into Alex Perry who dressed the ladies for our special event celebrating Ovarian Cancer Australia's 10 year anniversary when we lit the Opera House teal, the official colour for ovarian cancer, for the first time in history in memory of all the women who have battled ovarian cancer. We held an event on the steps of the Opera House and had 77 women representing the number of women who will be diagnosed - 1 in 77 women will be diagnosed. Seeing the ladies have so much fun trying on different gowns and ensembles was just wonderful. Alex Perry's made the ladies feel special and ensured our ambassadors were glamorous and relaxed. The whole experience was just magical and showed me that no matter what age you are, putting a group of ladies together to choose a glamorous frock is always exciting, noisy and just good old fashioned fun.