Julie Bishop turned heads at a David Jones fashion show, wowing onlookers in a figure-hugging designer dress that some have once dubbed her “revenge dress.”
Bishop wore a figure-hugging black Balmain mini dress, worth around $3,750, to David Jones’ “Wonderland” Spring/Summer 2022 show on Wednesday night.
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The metallic jacquard dress was paired with hoop earrings, a black clutch, black stockings and elegant black heels.
When photographs of Bishop appeared online, social media users went wild.
The mining adviser and ANU Chancellor recently split from her partner of eight years, David Panton, who reportedly broke up with her over dinner at a restaurant in Sydney on July 1.
Bishop fans compared Wednesday night’s sexy outfit to Princess Diana’s famous “revenge dress” – a short black cocktail dress she wore to her first public event after splitting from Prince Charles.
Bishop’s dress wasn’t as revealing – Diana’s dress, designed by Christina Stambolian, revealed her cleavage, while Bishop’s Balmain number was high-necked.
But it showed off her fabulous shape and figure, prompting former Sunrise Entertainment reporter Nelson Aspen to comment after posting a photo on her Instagram page: “Va va va voom!!”
Pip Edwards of Australian sportswear brand PE Nation added: “You are stunning!”
“Is this like Diana’s revenge dress?” a follower wrote.
“So chic,” wrote hairstylist and makeup artist Max May.
“A goddess,” wrote another follower.
Bishop also posted a group photo from the evening, under which actor Hugh Sheridan dropped four “on fire” emojis.
“Wow wow wow!” enthused designer Margot McKinney.
“Wow Julie!! You are absolutely gorgeous. Glamour, elegance and class,” another follower wrote.
At the time of Bishop’s split with Panton, he told a Sydney newspaper that he would be “focused on life in Manly and Melbourne for the foreseeable future”.
“I wish Julie all the best in her brilliant ongoing career.”
Bishop and Panton are believed to have started dating around 2014 and they enjoyed a long-distance relationship for years – with Bishop based in Perth while Panton was in Sydney.
The couple had been pictured having dinner in London with Prince Charles just six days before their split was announced.
Bishop regularly attends fashion events and is known for her immaculate style and love of designer labels.
It was the David Jones department store’s first seasonal show since before the COVID pandemic, showcasing the latest collections from its stable of fashion designers.
Other celebrities spotted at the Sydney show include singer Vera Blue, actress Magnolia Maymuru, Channel 7 presenter Erin Holland, model Victoria Lee and influencer Tara Whiteman.
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