On Tuesday night, politicians, journalists and the business elite came together for the Midwinter Ball in Canberra, putting their policy views and politics aside to put on their black tie best to raise money for charity.
This year, the event managed to raise a record $350,000 for a number of Australian charities, just over $5,000 more than last year’s ball.
As the one night of the year politics takes a back seat to fashion and photos, our Foreign Minister Julie Bishop donned a silver, violet and feather-clad Rachel Gilbert gown.
And there’s no doubt about it, the dress was stunning.
And while the rest of the day will no doubt be full of conversations about more important things – and of note, the fact a liberal donor once established a fund called the Julie Bishop Glorious Foundation – let us for a second appreciate that this is the same gown that has featured in the pages of Vogue when Gilbert herself posed for a profile.