The Divinyls reunite in less than a month for a history-shattering fashion and music extravaganza to celebrate iconic Australian label Wheels & Dollbaby’s 30th anniversary.
Closing this year’s Telstra Perth Fashion Festival (TPFF) on September 17, original members of Divinyls will be joined by Jack Moffitt and Isabella Manfredi of The Preatures for this one off special event.
Over the past three decades, Melanie Greensmith’s acclaimed label Wheels and Dollbaby has been synonymous with sexy rock and roll style and world-famous collaborations with music and celebrity identities.
30 Years of Wheels & Dollbaby with Divinyls, featuring Jack Moffitt and Isabella Manfredi (The Preatures) will round out TPFF 2017 and celebrate the relationship between music and fashion.
Reuniting original members of Divinyls also represents a major coup for TPFF after the band went their separate ways in 1996, with a short stint of live shows in 2007 and 2008.
Mark McEntee will perform guitar and vocals, Richard Harvey will play drums and Rick Grossman will be on bass. Meanwhile, The Preatures’ Isabella Manfredi will be the first lead vocalist to perform with Divinyls since the late Chrissy Amphlett’s passing in 2013. With Jack and Isabella citing the Divinyls as one of their greatest influencers, the night will be one to remember.
“We would’ve moved heaven and earth to do this show. My job is to do Chrissy proud here, but also honour the life of the songs and the original lineup. It’s a moment in time,” Isabella Manfredi says.
TPFF director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan said the event fulfills her long held a vision for a showcase of the synergies between fashion and rock and roll. “Music has always had a powerful influence on style,” Ms Harvey Hanrahan said. “Especially in the past five decades, the music of the time has had such an impact on trends - just look at the 1960s and the flower power era. “Music has always been at the heart of the Wheels & Dollbaby’s ethos and I am so excited to see the fusion of culture and art that will come together in this show. I can’t think of a better way to close this year’s incredible calendar of events than with a concert and runway show of epic proportions from one of WA’s best-loved labels and one of Australia’s most renowned bands.”
The 30 minute live set and Wheels & Dollbaby runway show will be held at the new Fashion
Paramount, at Crown Pyramid, Crown Perth. Tickets are on sale now. Telstra Perth Fashion Festival runs from September 6-17. The Preatures’ second Album Girlhood is out now.