The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) has launched the inaugural MAAS Centre for Fashion Ball.

The event was a celebration of the Australian fashion industry presented in partnership with NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER, co-hosted by MAAS Director and CEO Dolla Merrillees, together with Edwina McCann and Kellie Hush, Co-Chairs of the Australian Fashion Chamber. Olie Arnold, MR PORTER Style Director attended the event on behalf of presenting partners MR PORTER and NET-A-PORTER.

The MAAS Ball fundraised for the Australian Fashion Fund, a Centre for Fashion initiative that secures acquisitions of Australian fashion to strengthen the Museum’s collection for future generations.

Master of Ceremonies for the night included presenter Sylvia Jeffreys along with Jordan and Zac Stenmark.

A menu of sophisticated canapes, Salade Nicoise and a total of 264 perfectly cooked grilled Cape Grim sirloin steaks was created by Merivale chef John Wilson in collaboration with Fred’s head chef Danielle Alvarez, and expertly paired with Bird in Hand wines.

Throughout the evening, the drinks kept flowing from Moët & Chandon, with Grey Goose vodka providing an array of cocktails.

Speeches on the night were presented by Dolla Merrillees, Olie Arnold, The Hon Julie Bishop, Minister Harwin, Edwina McCann and Kellie Hush, all introduced by MCs Sylvia Jeffreys and Jordan and Zac Stenmark.

Entertainment was provided by The Presets along with DJs Alice Q and Barney Hodgeson.

International stars Cat McNeil, Catherine Baba and Leonie Hanne of Ohh Couture flew into town especially for the event, courtesy of partner Etihad. Guests walked the 12 metre black carpet flanked by a Bentley.