AN AUCTION OF A PRIVATE AND EXCLUSIVE DRESS COLLECTION
Hazel Walton bought the first dress in her collection in Rocky Street n 1982. It was a 1950’s green and white patterned sleeveless summer dress with a tight bodice and a full skirt. This started her life-long love of dresses.
Her collection really kicked off whilst she was living in London with musician husband Dave Walton, who played bass guitar for ‘Steadman’, a well known band whose songs featured in movies like Superman The Movie, Joan of Arcadia and Charmed. (Dave now lives with Heather McCartney – Linda’s daughter).
These stunning dresses have been collected by Hazel over a period of 31 years and range from satin period ball gowns to 1950’s dresses, and daywear from the 60’s. Most of them were collected when Hazel lived in London and many come from the fashion capitals of the world.
Much to Hazel’s horror she has run out of space to keep the collection so she has decided to part with some.
‘I chose each dress personally, whether they were my size or not, mainly because I couldn’t resist the style or pattern, so this is a very personal and special collection. They are like children to me’ says Hazel.
Hazel was involved in the music industry for over 20 years and in 1998 she started promoting bands at her club in UK called ‘district 6’, which was a great success and drew immense audiences.
Moving back to Cape Town in 2004, she opened an original music club called Acoustic Café. The opening night featured Freshly Ground and their first international tour was subsequently organised through her UK agents. Some of the biggest names in SA music played there including Chris Chameleon, Fokofpolisiekar, Dirty Skirts, Cassette, Bed on Bricks, Steve Newman, Syd Kitchen (RIP Syd), Nibs van der Spuy and Ezra. On her tour from the USA, Karma of Henry Ate played both of her sold out SA gigs at Acoustic Cafe.
Given her history it makes sense that the 5 stunning ladies who will be modelling the garments are all young musicians or creatives: Yolanda Y’awa (ex Coda singer and founder member, now solo artist performing on many local and International stages), Ann Jangle and Zozome Brink, from the incredible Blues band Ann Jangle, gorgeous Toni, a young up-and-coming producer/director in the film industry and the lovely, and naughty, Nora, a performance artist from Holland.
10% of the proceeds from the sale of the dresses will go to CLAW – Community Led Animal Welfare – which provides primary healthcare to animals in rural communities who would not otherwise be able to afford veterinary care for their pets. In addition CLAW provides 24hour emergency services to critically ill or injured animals and focus on community education and awareness on animal care.
CLAW is also very involved in the community and provides monthly food parcels to 67 local families as well as providing clothing and household necessities to many families who in need.
The auction is on Saturday 4 May 2013 from 3pm at the delightful Alexander Bar and Café, corner of Strand and Loop Street. It is a small venue so get there early!
The dress sizes range from 6 — 12, although the smaller sizes predominate.
If you are interested in dressing for glamour, fun and pleasure you know where to be on the 4th May. Bring all your girlfriends – entrance is free.
Photographer: Chris Claasen
Graphics: Jen Marsicano of creativeconcepts