The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-19T03:34:52Z VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T03:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AT:www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 Pakistani Dresses Bringing Bridal Fashion Wear to Australia 2019-02-27T07:15:02Z pakistani-dresses-bringing-bridal-fashion-wear-to-australia Pakistani Dresses is the online fashion venture by Sahil Fashion & Alterations. The company aims to offer the latest in bridal wear to the Pakistani diaspora here in Australia. Their collection is not limited to just Pakistani clothes, the fashion store also sells a range of ethnic & traditional Afghan clothes, Punjabi suit, Saree, hazaragi dress that are much in vogue with people following Pakistani, Afghani and Indian designer wedding fashion. Pakistani Dresses specializes in Pakistani wedding dresses, Pakistani bridal dresses and Afghani dresses in styles, colors and fabrics to suit the tastes of a discerning clientele. Shoppers will find glamorous garments made by some of the most popular and highly sought designers in the world. Of special interest are collections of Pakistani wedding dresses that are highlighted by non-traditional colors, sparkling embroidery, and embellished with Swarovski crystals. From silk and silver lamè to velvet, cotton and linen, each garment is designed to impress. Selections are available for all occasions whether it’s a lavish wedding, a party frock or casual wear. The fashion also has opened a fashion store in Dandenong, Victoria. The store is a shoppers’ delight, the store houses designer bridal wear from leading fashion designers and labels like Maria B, Rang Rasiya, Zara Shahjahan and Zainab Chottani to Sobia Nazir, Sana Safinaz, Asim Jofa, Kashees, and Serene Premium. By offering designer clothing from some of the best known Pakistani labels in the business the company aims to become the first choice online store for Pakistani clothes in Australia.  Pakistani bridal dresses and Pakistani wedding dresses is something that the owner takes personal interest in. The owner understands that bridal dresses is something that is really aspirational for any bride and by exceeding their expectations the store would be delivering exactly what the customer wants. The store is currently offering a discount on designer wear by Maria B. You can buy Maria B silk collection priced at $160 for $140 and Maria B winter suits starting at $100 at a 30% discount and now available for $70.  About Pakistani Dresses Sahil Fashion & Alteration has been in the clothing industry for the past 15 years and served thousands of customers all over the world. When it comes to Pakistani bridal dresses and Pakistani wedding dresses we are the best, simply because we take the latest in Pakistani dresses and give our customers a real taste of what a Pakistani bride would love to be dressed in. At our store in Dandenong, Melbourne we have the latest range of Punjabi suits, hazaragi dress, Asim Jofa and more. We invite to visit our store and we are sure you'll be pleasantly surprised by collections of Pakistani dresses. Media Contact Sahil Fashion & Alterations 9/249-253 Lonsdale Street Dandenong, Victoria 3175 Australia Website: www.pakistanidresses.com.au Pakistani Dresses Aims to Become the First Choice for Pakistani Clothing in Australia 2019-01-17T04:06:20Z pakistani-dresses-aims-to-become-the-first-choice-for-pakistani-clothing-in-australia Sahil Fashion & Alterations launched their brand new online fashion store aimed at Pakistani people living in Australia and wanting to shop for the best Pakistani clothing available here in Australia. The company already has a showroom located in Dandenong near Melbourne and aims to expand their business in the coming months by opening new stores in the coming months. The company is also open to idea of selling their products at different outlets in and around Melbourne. Pakistani Dresses specializes in Pakistani wedding dresses, Pakistani bridal dresses and Afghani dresses in styles, colors and fabrics to suit the tastes of a discerning clientele. Shoppers will find glamorous garments made by some of the most popular and highly sought designers in the world. The company understands though Pakistani clothing and Afghani dresses are now easily available online people with a rich taste of styling always crave to wear clothing designed by famous designers like Maria B, Rang Rasiya, Zara Shahjahan and Zainab Chottani to Sobia Nazir, Sana Safinaz, Asim Jofa, Kashees, and Serene Premium. By offering designer clothing from some of the best known Pakistani labels in the business the company aims to become the first choice online store for Pakistani clothes in Australia.  Pakistani bridal dresses and Pakistani wedding dresses is something that the owner takes personal interest in. The owner understands that bridal dresses is something that is really aspirational for any bride and by exceeding their expectations the store would be delivering exactly what the customer wants. Hazaragi dress is another of the in demand clothing type that the store offers. Hazaragi dresses have a charm of their own and are available in rich fabrics, radiant shades and with stylish embroidery, some of which are highlighted with metallic work for shimmer and shine.  About Pakistani Dresses Sahil Fashion & Alteration has been in the clothing industry for the past 15 years and served thousands of customers all over the world. When it comes to Pakistani bridal dresses and Pakistani wedding dresses we are the best, simply because we take the latest in Pakistani dresses and give our customers a real taste of what a Pakistani bride would love to be dressed in. At our store in Dandenong, Melbourne we have the latest range of Punjabi suits, hazaragi dress, asim jofa and more. We invite to visit our store and we are sure you'll be pleasantly surprised by collections of Pakistani dresses. Media Contact Sahil Fashion & Alterations 9/249-253 Lonsdale Street Dandenong, Victoria 3175 Australia Website: www.pakistanidresses.com.au Pakistani Dresses Announces up to 50 Percent off Select Designer Garments 2018-12-18T04:19:03Z pakistani-dresses-announces-up-to-50-percent-off-select-designer-garments Sahil Fashion & Alteration, announced the launch of their new online store Pakistani Dresses. To celebrate, the boutique shop is offering shoppers up to 50 percent off select wedding dresses now until the end of December 2018. Pakistani Dresses specializes in Pakistani wedding dresses, Pakistani bridal dresses and Afghani dresses in styles, colors and fabrics to suit the tastes of a discerning clientele. Shoppers will find glamorous garments made by some of the most popular and highly sought designers in the world. The company offers a wide range of Pakistani wedding dresses that combine the traditional with modern touches to celebrate the love of the wedding couple. Brides don’t have to travel to obtain the Pakistani bridal dresses of their dreams. Vibrant colors, intricate embroidery, and attention to detailing have made the offerings at Pakistani dresses highly sought by women around the globe. Of special interest are collections of Pakistani wedding dresses that are highlighted by non-traditional colors, sparkling embroidery, and embellished with Swarovski crystals. From silk and silver lamè to velvet, cotton and linen, each garment is designed to impress. Selections are available for all occasions whether it’s a lavish wedding, a party frock or casual wear. Every woman yearns for the flowing fabrics and stylish elegance embodied in Pakistani bridal dresses. The luxury designers understand the importance of a woman’s special day, creating wedding garments that will impress the groom and have celebrants talking long after the vows have been spoken. Afghani dresses are also available in rich fabrics, radiant shades and with stylish embroidery, some of which are highlighted with metallic work for shimmer and shine. The dresses are imminently chic and incorporate traditional styling with new features that have become one of the most popular fashion trends of today. Dresses are available for women and girls. The launch of Pakistani Dresses provides women with a multitude of choices from designers encompassing Maria B, Rang Rasiya, Zara Shahjahan and Zainab Chottani to Sobia Nazir, Sana Safinaz, Asim Jofa, Kashees, and Serene Premium. The celebratory savings of up to 50 percent off select garments provides shoppers with the opportunity to obtain some of the mostly highly sought fashions in the world today. About Pakistani Dresses Pakistani Dresses was officially launched by Sahil Fashion & Alteration, a registered clothing business of Australia. Sahil Fashion & Alteration has been in the clothing industry for the past 15 years and served thousands of customers around the world. Connect with Pakistani Dresses on Facebook. Media Contact Pakistani Dresses Phone: +61-469-310-418 Address: 7 Toombul Road Virginia QLD 4014 Website: www.pakistanidresses.com.au Go bold or go home 2018-11-26T00:40:00Z go-bold-or-go-home By Tatiana Stutz, Guest makeup artist, The Institute of Makeup Artistry Just like any art, makeup expertise requires boundless enthusiasm and takes years of learning and practice. The Institute of Makeup Artistry, a cutting-edge, professional makeup artistry course allows you to work side by side with experts in the field, sharing their knowledge and experience to help launch your career. My top tips for summer 2018/2019 will see the transition from the extremely heavy contours to much lighter, highlighted, natural glowing skin with playful accents, metallic shadow and smudgy bold lips. Think, radiant creamy textures with minimal coverage. Fresh naturally looking dewy skin is all the go this summer. Skin is in – it’s time to put down the contour kits, brushes, sticks and wands for a more natural look. Tinted moisturiser is a great place to start. It’s about applying the right amount of makeup, so your skin looks healthy. Use natural tones and ultra-fine touches to get the perfect bare face effect. Embrace your natural glow with lighter foundations and spot concealing where you get the most shine to leave your face looking radiant. Bold is back! This is the year to experiment with bright eyeshadow palettes you never thought you’d try. Pushing the boundaries on your eyes with wild colour palettes, making a statement and taking your creativity to the next level is this season’s trend. Brightly hued, free-form eyes in pastel, metallic neon and tropic-inspired hues will sculpt your eyes and make them pop. Think cool 90’s chick, with full lids that are daring and fun. If that’s too adventurous for you, try a simple bright blue line across the lash line. Bright, defined lips are dominant again this season. Paintbox bright lips will really elevate a look. Red, orange and fuchsia are huge this summer. Try mixing liquid lipsticks with intense colour and gloss to add moisture and make them look healthy and plump. Making sure your lips are lined precisely with sharp, defined edges will also help create a fuller pout. Contour draping is the secret you need to know. Draping is essentially contouring with blush. While plums, hot pinks and peaches are nothing new, makeup artists are now taking it to a whole new level using blues, greens, oranges and yellows. Reviving the 70’s bold cheek trend, draping gives your face a sculpted glow on the cheekbones and around the temples and brow bones. The key to make draping look chic, is blending. Use the darker shade to chisel, then buff it out with the lighter colour. The result is a softer, fresher approach to definition. Interested in staying on top of the makeup trends? The Institute of Makeup Artistry was launched in May 2018, and is a modern and innovative provider of e-learning courses, bringing together highly experienced professionals with a strong focus on skill orientated learning, to teach you how to recreate these makeup trends. Modules range from Face, Eyebrow, Eye and Lip Shapes, Glamour Makeup for Photography to Theatre Stage and Special Effects Makeup. Acclaimed Makeup Artists collaborate to launch innovative online training course 2018-08-16T02:00:00Z acclaimed-makeup-artists-collaborate-to-launch-innovative-online-training-course The Institute of Makeup Artistry (IMUA) has officially launched a world-class online education platform this month for aspiring makeup artist professionals interested in learning about makeup from bridal looks through to special effects. For over two years, beauty industry heavyweights and experienced makeup professionals have collaborated to create quality content and professionally filmed HD video tutorials. Designed to be completed over a six to twelve-month period, the course gives easy access to highly acclaimed and talented industry professionals for mentoring and support, clear instructions and a variety of assessments. Anthony Mondello, CEO, IMUA credited the creation of the course on an increasing demand for quality education and a lack of time to physically attend. “We noticed an increase of expensive face-to-face options for Makeup courses and a limited number of quality online options for aspiring makeup artists. “Our students are wanting the very best mentors and teaching, and the flexibility to complete high quality training in their own time; our course offers both. “We have built an innovative course that is delivered 100% online, utilising video tuition and providing students an amazing experience that would rival conventional face-to-face learning and at a fraction of the cost. “The student feedback thus far has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Mr Mondello. Author of the course, acclaimed makeup artist Rachel Dal Santo, has over 30 years’ experience in many sectors of the makeup industry. “The world of makeup offers endless opportunities, from wedding makeup to special effects and everything in between. This is why I’ve constructed the course to include aspects of what I think are the essentials for having a successful career in the industry. “Being an all-rounder is a tremendous selling point and offers the perfect launch pad for beginners. We’ve really designed the course requirements around what would be practical and essential for those starting out,” said Ms Dal Santo. Over 140 students signed up to the launch of the course in May, each student has the ability to create a templated website, showcasing their abilities and will receive professional discounts of makeup and equipment. For more information visit: www.theinstituteofmakeupartistry.com.au -ENDS- Notes to Editors: Media contacts Sinead Andrews, Account Coordinator, Zadro sinead@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Jessica McLean, Account Manager, Zadro jessica@zadroagency.com.au | 0400 433 182 | +61 2 9212 7867 Images: Anthony Mondello, CEO, IMUA Rachel Dal Santo, Professional Makeup Artist and Author of IMUA course content IMUA course images About IMUA Institute of Makeup Artistry (IMUA) was launched in May 2018, by Online Education. Online Education Pty. Ltd. is a modern and innovative provider of e-learning courses. As a global leader in this field, we have a strong focus on skill orientated learning, bringing together highly experienced professionals with inspired individuals who wish to improve personally and professionally. Local business owners team up together in time for the wedding season 2018-08-14T21:52:30Z local-business-owners-team-up-together-in-time-for-the-wedding-season Wedding season is fast approaching and local businesses in the Melbourne Eastern Suburb, Montrose, came together to create a bridal shower and intimate wedding shoot. These talented locals from Mary Eats Cake, Dewinta Dandot Photography and many others collaborated by using their skill set to showcase their work to provide local brides-to-be with some great wedding inspiration. The Cottage Charm themed bridal shower was a small intimate setting at Mary Eats Cake’s new venue in Montrose to bring to life a beautiful setting. All successful women worked hard to create special moments for brides they service. The shoot is a reflection of the great talent all the businesses showcase. “We hosted a bridal shower celebration complete with flowers you can eat, drink and wear. The cottage charm bride-to-be has a certain class when enjoying High Tea and cake with her friends and family. Bridal showers are an expression of the bride's journey from engagement to the upcoming wedding. They weave preferred colour themes on table decorations, take home gifts for guests, cute photos of the couple and floral arrangements around the room. The elegant bridal High Tea experience is for the refined bride that believes in magical dining experiences enjoyed with family and friends,” said Co-Director of Mary Eats Cake, Sarah de Witt. New to the area, Dewinta Dandot moved from the west to experience the beautiful nature of the Dandenong Ranges and to expand her photography business. The bridal shower & wedding photoshoot was a great way for her to showcase her talent. “This shoot was inspired by my love for High Tea and a group of close friends who enjoy each other’s company whilst pampering themselves with gourmet delicacies and artisan tea. Having met the directors at Mary Eats Cake at Montrose, I knew we could do something fabulous together. The venue itself has a lovely cottage charm feel. Thus the idea of styling a girly high tea became our vision,” said the owner Dewinta Dandot Photography. The shoot took place on June, 25 with various female and male models who helped create the scene for all the partners involved. Businesses and vendors who participated included Dewinta Dandot Photography (photographer), Mary Eats Cake (venue), Botanique (florist), Samone Shepherdson art + design (stationery), Peggy Stasinos Makeup & Hair (makeup artists), Hair by Marjorie May Fair (hair), Empire Bridal (wedding dress/accessories) and Love & Lines (signage). Together these businesswomen can create a perfect wedding setting for a couple who wants something unique and different on their special day. About Mary Eats Cake The celebration of High Tea served with urban sophistication, local rustic charm, delicious decadence and a dash of fabulous. Our bespoke experience comes from Sarah de Witt (a Tea Sommelier) and Jessica Hillbrick (a French trained Pastry Chef). After studying Psychology for four years, Sarah followed her passion (and nose) for tea. She has made a name for herself as one of Australia's few Tea Sommeliers, has served on the board of the Australasian Tea Association and judged Tea Brewing Competitions in Australia and China. Le Cordon Bleu trained Jessica knows good pastry. After working in Accounting for five years, Jessica followed her passion for pastry to some of London's finest High Tea establishments. She has created the menu at Mary Eats Cake bringing a modern fresh twist to High Tea tradition. The dynamic duo combine their love for tea, pastry, celebrations and all things delicious to bring you seasonal High Tea food paired with Artisan Teas served with love at Mary Eats Cake. They have two teahouses in Brunswick and Montrose. More at https://www.maryeatscake.com.au/ About Dewinta Dandot Photography Dewinta is a lifestyle and documentary wedding photographer. Dewinta Dandot Photography’s approach may be a bit unusual – you won’t get a cold, artificial photo session in a perfectly-decorated studio. Instead, you’ll get an open, genuine, cozy photo session that captures your beautiful, authentic story. Dewinta will really get to know you and your loves ones. She wants to move beyond the formal introductions and the technical photoshoot questions, to the heart of your relationship and find the most authentic version of you. If you’re an engaged couple, Dewinta wants to find out what love looks like in your eyes, to hear your stories, what you love about each other, so that your photos will be more than just a collection of disconnected moments, but a love story.  Dewinta’s specialty is photographing people in a beautiful, fun, and relaxed way. She loves to work with natural light and on-location to capture natural lifestyle photos and documentary portraits that you and your loved ones will cherish for generations. If your heart is open, Dewinta knows you’ll make lasting photographs that allow you to step back into the moments that filled your heart with pure joy. More at https://www.dewintadandot.com/ Ready to get excited about your wedding planning? 2017-07-24T04:26:07Z ready-to-get-excited-about-your-wedding-planning Unbiased Uncomplicated Unpretentious UNBRIDELY LIVE!   Join some of Adelaide's leading wedding suppliers for a relaxed night, with live entertainment, food truck grub and drinks, as they answer all of your questions and share their expertise.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke0mGZzY8Zg&feature=youtu.beUnbiased - No pressure, no obligation; just a genuine opportunity to pick the brains of the best in the industry. Uncomplicated – The main aim? Simply to feel in control of and empowered about your wedding planning. Unpretentious – We’ve got an awesome venue, mouth-watering food and 1st class live entertainment. Our 5 key speakers will present, you’ll have a chance to participate in the app-driven Q&A, then we’ll put on some tunes and mingle with you. When: Thursday 21 September 2017Where: Published Arthouse, Adelaide For details on the 5 key presenters (Q&A panel to be announced this week!) and to buy tickets head to the website: https://www.unbridelylive.com/   ***Early Bird Tickets close at 11:59pm on Monday 31 July!***   Please note that all admission must be pre-purchased; tickets will not be available at the door.     A wedding keepsake gift given from the bride to her father 2017-05-30T12:29:50Z a-wedding-keepsake-gift-given-from-the-bride-to-her-father Weddings are such an important day in our lives, why not create a special  wedding keepsakes gift of such an important day. We recently did a wedding keepsake from a bride to her father.  The photo was actually her father walking her down the aisle.  It was a special moment in time captured forever as a keepsake.  The tears were flowing of joy when the photo engraved keyring was presented to her loving father.  He was thrilled to pieces and loved his keepsake of a special day in time that is remembered forever by many people. I am sure it is still cherished and will be cherished for many years to come. Weddings are a very special occasion.  The union of a man and a woman for life.  Although unfortunately the reality is this is not always the case, but the reality is that we walk down the isle expecting it to last for life.  That day is such an important day and one you remember forever.  All the preparation that takes place for that special day is really amazing.  Why not then have a create your own special wedding keepsakes to remember that special occasion.  This piece was given to the father of the bride.  The bride let us know he was totally thrilled with his special keepsake and there were tears of joy when he received  his special gift.  I am sure he has it somewhere special and it brings a smile to his face when he looks at that keepsake of his daughters wedding. Nick Ireland from The Diamond Jewellery Studio Shared His Thoughts On Argyle Diamonds 2016-12-02T05:12:52Z nick-ireland-from-the-diamond-jewellery-studio-shared-his-thoughts-on-argyle-diamonds The Diamond Jewellery Studio continues to be the #1 source of high quality handmade diamond jewellery in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. They have an exquisite collection of jewellery adorned with rare Argyle diamonds. Nick Ireland, the man behind their stunning collection, said: “At 15, I started a jewellery apprenticeship in my local town and then once completed moved to Hatton Garden, London and worked in some amazing jewellery workshops.“ Under the guidance of a leading diamond broker from the London diamond bourse, Nick has learnt “good from bad diamonds and how they were traded on the international market”. His knowledge and experience has helped him in creating his own name in the diamond jewellery industry.   Nick Ireland creates stunning pieces of Argyle diamond jewellery. According to Nick, Argyle pink and blue diamonds are incredibly rare. The mine was opened in the 1980s by Rio Tinto and produces 95% of the world’s pink diamonds. Nick shared that one of the reasons why he specialised in these rare gemstones is because it has the strongest colour of all pink diamonds found globally. Because of the intensity of its colour, it is perfect for creating amazing pieces of jewellery.   It was reported that the Argyle mine has already entered into its shutting down phase with the last diamonds to be mined by 2020. Nick said that: “Once the mine has closed, anyone with an Argyle Pink Diamond will have something truly unique and irreplaceable.” He added that: “Over the next few years, before the closure of the Argyle mine, we will be creating as many custom pink diamond pieces as we can.”      For clients who are planning to purchase jewellery with Argyle diamonds, Nick said that Argyle pink diamonds are suited to all types of jewellery be it engagement rings, wedding rings, eternity rings, earrings, brooches or pendants. He said that he prefers using them in rings where they can be matched against super white D colour diamonds which show off the beautiful pink hues when being flashed around on a moving finger. Nick Ireland assured that: “The Diamond Jewellery Studio hand make beautiful bespoke pieces of jewellery to cater to clients’ needs and will continue to do so in the future.”   For more information, visit their website: www.diamondjewellerystudio.com.au Book more clients and increase profits with the ‘More Brides’ eBook 2016-09-20T02:34:15Z book-more-clients-and-increase-profits-with-the-more-brides-ebook SYDNEY, Australia – 20 September, 2016 - With thousands of happy couples tying the knot everyday around the world, the demand for wedding photographers is at an all-time high making the industry hugely competitive. As a result, standing out from the pack can be quite challenging, especially for those entering the market.  This is what prompted Sydney-based wedding photographer Mark Condon to create ‘More Brides’, a e-book that provides unconventional advice for finding more clients and increasing profits.“It’s a sad truth that the financial success of a wedding photographer is largely determined by their marketing skills as opposed to their artistic talent.” said Mark Condon, Author of ‘More Brides’. “The most talented wedding photographers are rarely the ones making the most money.”As a working wedding photographer and founder of the popular photography website Shotkit (http://shotkit.com), Condon recognises the need for wedding photographers to work smarter to book their next bride. The wealth of knowledge available in ‘More Brides’ is drawn from 10 years of experience in online marketing, having worked with the world’s best wedding photographers via Shotkit and his own experiences in the industry.With over 15 chapters of step-by-step guides and illustrations, ‘More Brides’ aims to solve every wedding photographer’s number one dilemma – how to book more clients.Modern digital techniques such as search engine optimisation, keyword research and social media marketing are explained in detail alongside more traditional marketing strategies that have been given an unorthodox twist.One such chapter ambiguously titled “The Ghost Associate” will be sure to ruffle some feathers in the wedding photography industry…“I’m not an award winning wedding photographer; I haven’t shot hundreds of weddings and I don’t have thousands of Facebook fans...’ said Condon. ‘However, I am receiving 3 times more booking requests than I did last year, allowing me to increase my pricing, and be more selective about the clients I work with – I choose them, rather than the other way around.”Working with the perfect client is the goal for every creative professional, and nowhere is this more important than on the emotional rollercoaster of a wedding day.“Having the luxury of choice as a wedding photographer is a wonderful thing. Choosing clients who share your creative vision makes the job a lot more enjoyable, and increasing pricing rather than the number of weddings we shoot allows us an enviable quality of life.” said Condon.Mark Condon works from his home in Sydney, dividing his time between wedding photography, Shotkit and his two preschool sons. Author of four popular e-books, Condon and his Shotkit site have amassed legions of fans keen to improve their photography and grow their business with his tips and techniques.‘More Brides’ has already received praise worldwide by famous wedding photographers and creative professionals. The e-book caters for all levels of wedding photographer, both newcomer and world-renowned. In fact, over 50% of the book’s techniques can be applied to any genre of professional photography, particularly those chapters regarding marketing and managing an online presence.Having jumped from page 17 to page 2 in Google Australia in less than 3 months, it’s clear that Condon is following his own advice and applying it to his wedding photography business. Using the techniques found in ‘More Brides’, all wedding photographers can ensure their forthcoming wedding season is booked out.More Brides is compatible with all digital devices and available for download at www.morebrides.com for USD$48.“At $48 the book is an absolute steal! I have a copy and the layout is easy to follow, full of diagrams, step by step instructions and more detail than you’d ever expect from such a wide range of topics.” – Andrew Hellmich, PhotoBizXposed Podcast.About Mark CondonMark Condon is a British wedding photographer, living in Sydney but shooting weddings worldwide. Mark gives photography enthusiasts a peek at the camera gear of the world’s best photographers at Shotkit, and offers advice to wedding photographers in his 4th best selling e-book ‘More Brides’.www.goldhatphotography.comwww.shotkit.comwww.morebrides.comwww.lightroompoweruser.comwww.shotkitbook.com Australian jewellery designer raising the bar for unique pieces 2016-08-23T06:03:10Z australian-jewellery-designer-raising-the-bar-for-unique-pieces Australian Jewellery Designer, Simone Walsh, makes it easy for Australians to access unique, fine and fashion jewellery through her fascinating online jewellery shop: a great place to snap up delightful Christmas gifts for women (and men too). Simone Walsh specialises in designing contemporary and unique jewellery that is created from precious metals: particularly sterling silver, with gold and gemstone highlights. Visitors to the Simone Walsh Jewellery website can choose from a unique collection of charming and intricately designed jewellery that cannot be found anywhere else.  From stud and dangle earrings to statement necklaces and wedding jewellery, there’s nothing in the Simone Walsh Jewellery online store that doesn’t command attention. The collection is very appealing to those who want to stand out from the crowd and make a statement with their jewellery. Some of the most popular pieces in the shop include an Arabesque pendant with vivid red beads, a Lily of the Valley necklace with lustrous pearls, delightful Forget-Me-Not dangle earrings, and sets of elegantly simple textured silver stacking rings. Not all jewellery is made equal and when it comes to quality and authentic designs, Simone Walsh Jewellery is in a league by itself. Apart from the uniqueness of the jewellery collection, Simone Walsh Jewellery is committed to producing ethical jewellery. Simone seeks to use ethically mined or lab grown gemstones and recycles all gold and sterling silver. In addition, she endeavours to use as much recycled precious metals as possible. Simone has been designing jewellery for over two decades. Her pieces reflect the depth of her experience and the passion for her craft. When asked what motivated her to pursue a career in this field, she said: “I’ve always been drawn towards the sparkly and the ornamental. When I was a kid growing up in Adelaide I had a vast collection of ornate, vintage buttons that I would play with for hours on end.   Around 1992 my love of beautiful and intriguing objects came back into focus when I stumbled across a simple yet fascinating statement necklace. I got myself some pliers, wire and glass to see if I could replicate the unusual design. I was hooked.” Though based in Australia, Simone’s talent for art jewellery has captured eyes and hearts of many across the world. Simone Walsh Jewellery has customers from as far afield as Britain, France and the United States. One customer summed up the overall appeal of Simone’s jewellery. She said: “It’s so rare to find eco-conscious jewellery that has this sort of old-world elegance.” The uniqueness and authenticity of Simone Walsh Jewellery designs make them unique gift ideas for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.  As for Christmas gifts, Simone Walsh Jewellery creates Christmas pudding coins: a collection of 6 large, high quality silver coins that each display a different vintage Christmas illustration. These are very popular and are often gifted as family heirlooms. Simone Walsh Jewellery is backed by a money back happiness guarantee and - best of all - Australian customers get free shipping.  For further information or to browse Simone Walsh Jewellery’s collection of unique designs, visit the online jewellery shop: simonewalsh.com. * * * Full media kit and a selection of high res images: simonewalsh.com/media ESSENSE DESIGNS ADDS TO ITS TRENDSETTING SORELLA VITA BRIDESMAID DRESS COLLECTION 2016-06-27T20:25:10Z essense-designs-adds-to-its-trendsetting-sorella-vita-bridesmaid-dress-collection Award-winning bridal house Essense Designs announced today the arrival of additions to its Sorella Vita bridesmaid dress collection. The new collection additions bring the hottest runway styles and latest red carpet trends to the aisles of fashionable weddings around the world. Showcasing eye-catching details and sophisticated fabric, the new Sorella Vita bridesmaid dresses include glamorous sequins, soft boho styles, and trendy high-low hem details. Brides and bridesmaids will find new sequined bridesmaid dresses added to the trendsetting Modern Metallic designer series, soft boho silhouettes, and a new, romantic bridesmaid dress with a fashion-forward high-low hem. “Sorella Vita is designed for the bride who wants to add a little something different to her bridal party - a bride who wants a bit of fashion-forward style as part of her day,” said Chief Creative Officer, Martine Harris. “All of the dresses within the Sorella Vita collection can be mixed and matched with other styles, giving brides the opportunity to play with styles and create the wedding party style of her dreams.” No matter if the bride’s vision of her wedding day is trendy, glamorous, bohemian or romantic, the new additions to the Sorella Vita Collection will highlight the style of her wedding and bring confidence and beauty to each of her bridesmaids. https://www.essensedesigns.com/sorella-vita Essense Designs was founded by Wayne and Martine Harris in Western Australia in 1992 with the mission to exceed brides' expectations by designing, manufacturing, and wholesaling to retailers wedding gown collections with fashion-forward styling, superb fit, couture finishing, and extraordinary customer service. The company's Overland Park, KS, office in the greater Kansas City metro area, serves as the hub of its northern-hemisphere business, while its original office in Perth, Australia, serves the southern hemisphere. In addition, the company has offices in the UK and Switzerland, as well as over 1,000 retailers worldwide. Essense of Australia, Stella York, Martina Liana wedding dresses, and Sorella Vita bridesmaids dresses can be found in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. Dresses can be viewed online at the company website EssenseDesigns.com, and blog, PrettyHappyLove.com. ### WA-based Essense Designs Nominated for 2016 International Bridal Industry Awards 2016-06-13T15:51:18Z wa-based-essense-designs-nominated-for-2016-international-bridal-industry-awards WA-grown international bridal gown design house, Essense Designs, has been nominated in three out of three eligible categories for the 2016 Distinctive Excellence in the Bridal Industry (DEBI) Awards. The awards are regarded as the highest honor for design and manufacturing in the bridal industry, and are presented by National Bridal Market Chicago and New York International Bridal Week. Essense Designs is returning to defend its title in the the coveted ‘Bridal Manufacturer of the Year’ category for Essense of Australia as well as the Bridesmaid category for its Sorella Vita collection; both of which it proudly won at last year’s 2015 DEBI Awards. The ‘Bridal Manufacturer of the Year’ Award recognizes the manufacturer that excels in every single part of business including: customer service, design excellence, customer satisfaction, reliable delivery, and overall excellence. In addition, the Stella York collection has been nominated for ‘Collection of the Year’ for design innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction. “We are so honored to be nominated for these prestigious awards,” said Martine Harris, Chief Creative Officer. “One of our core values is to create mutually beneficial and truly long-lasting relationships with our stores, so to be selected by retailers in this manner is quite meaningful.” The award winners will be announced during National Bridal Market Chicago. This year’s award ceremony will be held at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois on the evening of September 10, 2016. About Essense Designs Essense Designs was founded in  Perth, Western Australia, by Wayne and Martine Harris in 1992, with the mission to exceed brides' expectations by designing, manufacturing, and wholesaling to retailers wedding gown collections with fashion-forward styling, superb fit, couture finishing, and extraordinary customer service. The Perth office serves as the hub of its southern-hemisphere business, while its Kansas City metropolitan based Overland Park, Kansas office in the US serves the northern hemisphere.  In addition, the company has offices in the UK and Switzerland, as well as over 1,000 retailers worldwide. Essense of Australia, Stella York, Martina Liana wedding dresses, and Sorella Vita bridesmaids dresses can be found in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. Dresses can be viewed online at the company website EssenseDesigns.com, and blog, PrettyHappyLove.com. Contact Becky Rossman pr@essensedesigns.com +1 913 276 5601 ### Notes to editors: Full list of awards and finalists - Manufacturer of the Year Casablanca Bridal Essense of Australia Maggie Sottero Morilee by Madeline Gardner Collection of the Year (Design Innovation) Lillian West Madison James Sophia Tolli Stella York Special Occasion Nominees Jovani Mon Cheri Morilee by Madeline Gardner Terani Couture Prom Nominees Alyce Paris Clarisse House of Wu Morilee by Madeline Gardner Bridesmaid Nominees Allure Bridals Bill Levkoff Morilee by Madeline Gardner Sorella Vita Headpiece Nominees Bel Aire Bridal Marionat Maritza’s Bridal Veils, Inc. Richard Designs Flower Girl Nominees Amalee Accessories Joan Calabrese by Mon Cheri Lille Couture Rosebud Fashions Men’s Formal Wear Nominees Allure Men The David Tutera Men’s Collection Ike Behar New York Quinceanera Nominees Bonny Bridal House of Wu Mary’s Vizcaya At Meg’s Tailoring The Bridal Season Never Ends 2016-03-24T01:59:47Z at-meg-s-tailoring-the-bridal-season-never-ends We might think that summer is the ‘bridal season’ and we would be correct to some extent, but for the hard-working team at Meg’s Tailoring the bridal season never ends. Sure, there are certain times of the year, particularly in summer, when they almost have more brides than they can handle but that is exactly what they love as it sets their creative juices flowing more than ever. The imaginative and resourceful Meg’s Tailoring team are at their best when they are advising first time, or even second time around brides on their ‘big day’. Often brides come to them with their own pre-conceived ideas on what they want their gown to look like and the Meg’s girls are more than happy to totally accurately reproduce their client’s ideas. The Meg’s Tailoring service includes designing, creating and fitting a bridal gown as well as restyling and altering any gown that the bride might provide.  The professional team at Meg’s Tailoring are very adept at taking in or letting out bridal gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses, and can also do hand-beading and boned gowns. What they have noticed this season is that they are getting requests for all kinds of styles from vintage to the very trendy and modern ‘hippy chick’. The ingenious Meg’s Tailoring team just love a challenge and they also enjoy collaborating with their customers to produce the perfect dress on the day. They also appreciate that in today’s ‘image conscious’ world, their customers are all after the ‘perfect fit’. The experienced and professional team at Meg’s Tailoring can re-shape new dresses that are not quite the shape desired, putting in cups for ‘curvier curves’ and, of course, shortening, taking in, letting out the sides, and sometimes even lengthening a gown. The Meg’s team provide a ‘steam and press’ service, free-of-charge, and for those who are too busy before the wedding, they will deliver your gowns to your door by courier and even stay with the bridal party to help them fit their gowns. Also, with winter just around the corner it is useful to remember that Meg’s Tailoring has undercover parking in their Newmarket and Takapuna stores. For more information go to http://www.megstailoring.co.nz  .