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Paolo Sebastian's stunning gown design for our 50th anniversary

Tuesday, 23 May 2023
3 min read
Paolo Vasileff Photo by Daniel Purvis

In celebration of Adelaide Festival Centre’s 50th Anniversary, South Australian atelier Paolo Sebastian has designed a stunning commemorative dress to mark the occasion.

The one-of-a-kind couture gown by Paolo Sebastian designer Paul Vasileff, will be on display in the Festival Theatre foyer from 2 June '23 — Adelaide Festival Centre’s official 50th birthday.

I have taken inspiration from various elements of the Adelaide Festival Centre. I looked at different iconography and found key parts that made the space unique, such as the original carpet design, the colour palette, and textures...I then translated these elements into embroidery techniques to create this design.

— Founder and head designer for Paolo Sebastian, Paul Vasileff

As a lasting tribute, the gown will become a cherished addition to Adelaide Festival Centre’s Performing Arts Collection.

Established in 1979 by Premier Don Dunstan, the Performing Arts Collection aims to preserve, record and display the significant contributions artists have made on stage and behind-the-scenes, becoming one of the most important and comprehensive performing arts collections in Australia. With over 100,000 objects including artworks, textiles and archives dating back to 1858, the Performing Arts Collection is an invaluable resource for practitioners, researchers, and anyone with a keen passion for the arts.

Every thread and stitch of Paolo Sebastian’s stunning bespoke gown has been inspired by the history, architecture and colours of Adelaide Festival Centre. Paolo Sebastian’s gown is a unique acquisition for the Performing Arts Collection where we will forever immortalise one of South Australia’s most prestigious designers and the Festival Centre’s half a century birthday.

— Adelaide Festival Centre Performing Arts Collection Coordinator, Helen Trepa

50th Anniversary Concert Celebration

Commemorate Adelaide Festival Centre's 50th Birthday at this one night only concert celebration on Friday 2 June '23!

Everyone attending is invited to continue the celebrations after the concert, on the dancefloor in the Banquet Room for some live music and birthday cake.


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