Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!

The excitement of the year 12 ball probably began around six months ago for our year 12 students. The venue has changed over the years however, from the school hall to the Hyatt Regency and the borrowed frock has become a designer gown worth anything up to $1,500 and this year No.9  designed three very special couture gowns specifically for three very special high school students of Duncraig Senior High School.

With the hype of over excessive spending including substituting the parents saloon car to stretch limos and party buses, I feel the ball is a worthy event because in many cases it teaches young ladies important social etiquette skills. The high school ball will probably be the most formal event these teenagers will do before they get married. Why shouldn’t these young ladies feel like a celebrity for a day and experience the glitz and glamour of their own Red Carpet event? Does over indulgence on the school ball lead to unrealistic expectations in later life? I think not. When you have a parent practically hurl herself at you because she is so overcome with emotion in seeing her already beautiful daughter look just breathtaking (as I do my own) makes my job worth while. For a young lady to feel nothing short of glamorous is a gift in itself.

Our couture gowns ranged from deep purple silk Georgette and lace, white chiffon and satin and black taffeta and organza. Here’s a few images of the pre ball gathering at the Botanical gardens Joondalup. We are also delighted these young ladies will be donning their gowns again in a few weeks for our photo shoot.


Deep purple silk Georgette with hand dyed lace. White chiffon and satin with diamante art deco style motif trim.

elliekeely1IMG_1594Almost backless white chiffon gown with diamante motif trim

Black taffeta fishtail gown with organza overskirt to soften the snug look of the fishtail beneath. Hand dyed lace again softened the look to compliment the skin tone.

Our beautiful students below with their fellow students. Those smiles just say it all!



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