KERR’S TURN: The Paris shows might be weeks away but Wednesday night Miranda Kerr revisited the golden age of couture all the way down in Sydney when she opened the autumn/winter 2012 runway showcase of Australian department store David Jones. The show backdrop was the Sydney flagship’s just-refurbished On Seven venue. Closed in 1965 and bifurcated with a floating ceiling 16 years later to create a new retail floor, level seven’s 23 foot ceilings, arched floor-to-ceiling windows, botticino marble staircase and 13,993 square feet of tallowwood parquetry flooring, among numerous other heritage features, have been hidden from public view for almost 50 years. “It’s not something you expect from a department store,” said Antony Karp, David Jones group executive retail services, who oversaw the project with NSW Heritage Council adviser Don Truman. “We didn’t actually know quite what we had. We knew about the ceiling heights. But we never knew about the timber floor or about the [Art Deco bronze and brass detailing on the] lifts. You don’t know, until you lift it all up and rip back all the layers of carpet, glue and paint. I don’t think the company has done a project that has had more interest. Everybody in the building was excited”. The space will be used for in-house fashion parades and promotions, with Wednesday’s media launch to be immediately followed by two parades for DJs customers. A bridal salon has been installed in one section and a café offering high tea is planned.

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