Ever wondered where Jeannie Little found the inspiration to frock up so outrageously? How Rhonda Burchmore’s long-legged heyday was framed in such spangly style? Or what help Kylie Minogue might have had to swathe her own svelte figure in fashion-forward frou-frou.
Look to the late Alina Galasso (1946-2009) and some of the answers might be there. The remnants of her successful Fabric Fantasy outlets – a business that imported materials from a who’s who of international fashion houses, including Versace, Armani and Valentino – are open for bids on 3 July.
It’s more than just dress-ups, though. The sale of her estate, including a selection of fine antiques and quality Italian-made reproduction furniture, decorative arts and artworks, has been put in the hands of Australian auctioneers, Theodore Bruce. And why not? Since 1878, they’ve been used to overseeing the sale of rare, special and plain old interesting items – everything from estate jewellery, to artefacts to pop culture treasures.
Later this month? A collection of 150 rare and collectable posters. No Blu-Tac allowed. Now that the Theodore Bruce catalogues are online, browsing is a breeze.
Theodore Bruce Auction Catalogues
The Estate of the late Alina Galasso
3 July 2011 onsite at 72 Redmyre Road Strathfield
On view Saturday 2 July 10am – 4pm and Sunday before the auction. Auction starts and 12 noon