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:: Spotlight :: David Jones celebrates 175 years

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

David Jones recently marked its 175th Birthday with a black tie evening, celebrating not only this significant milestone but to launch a commemorative exhibition which brings to life the remarkable story of one of the oldest department stores in the world – celebrating its unique heritage and place in the heart of Australians.

Over 350 guests arrived to an illuminated store where they were greeted by a flank of David Jones’ renowned doormen who led them down a dramatic black carpet. Receiving the royal treatment, guests entered the iconic On Seven space via the original marble staircase reminiscent of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit in 1954 for her Royal Banquet.

Guests were welcomed by David Jones CEO and Managing Director, Paul Zahra, Chairman Peter Mason AM and Brand Ambassador Megan Gale. A 15 minute video projection of past and present David Jones TV advertisements, historical footage, openings, key moments, old fashion parade footage, interviews and birthday messages to David Jones played before the final reveal of the much anticipated 175th retrospective exhibition.

The guest list included David Jones ambassadors Megan Gale, Montana Cox, Gai Waterhouse and Emma Freedman. Business and media figures included Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, News Ltd’s Kim Williams and Foxtel’s Richard Freudenstein as well as faces Samantha Harris, Cheyenne Tozzi, Sarah and Lachlan Murdoch, Tom Waterhouse, Rachael Finch and Jesinta Campbell. The David Jones exclusive designer family including Collette Dinnigan, Kit Willow, Carla Zampatti, Dion Lee and Josh Goot joined Sydney identities Skye Leckie, Maggie Tabberer, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Ita Buttrose and Karin Upton Baker.

Here are pictures from the evening.

Helen O'Neill, author of David Jones 175 book Megan Gale & Montana Cox
Cheyenne Tozzi, Megan Gale and Tahyna Tozzi
Gai and Robbie Waterhouse Michael Miziner & Rachael Finch
Emma Freedman (right) and friends Alex Perry & Paul Zahra
Akira Isogawa (right) and guest Guests