Who are you?
Rachel Azzopardi aka Bella Von Doll Shop -Be Von Doll (Be Like Me)
Claim to fame
I was chosen out of a group of 20 girls to join June Dally Watkins Modelling Agency when I was 17. A modest country girl with 3rd generation sewing skills handed down from my beautiful Nana
Describe your fashion style - Simple and Classic with a hint of Flamboyance
Who is your favourite style icon & why?
From a young girl I adored Gabrielle Coco Chanel. I watched the video of her life story when I was 13 and I use to cut out pictures from Vogue Magazines and paste them into my high school diary of her fashion releases every season. I still adore her life story of small beginnings to supreme couturier
Name your 5 essential fashion pieces:
Rago Shapewear Cincher
matching Bangle Brooch and Earrings
Hubby wearing a colour coordinated Bobby Darin to match my dress.
Do you have a special prized fashion piece in your wardrobe?
I have many favourite pieces, but my most special is my black velvet and white bow vintage hat
What is something surprising about you?
In 1991 I was driving through Maryborough from a holiday in Hervey Bay and stopped to take a photo of one of the most famous restored Queensland houses of our town. Not knowing then that 15 years later I would purchase the house and now living across the road from the house I stood in front of to take that photo. Amazing where your path in life leads you.
Do you have a favourite sewing pattern?
I have many original vintage patterns that I purchased at one of our local op shops. I adore them all, for their age and their history. One of my favourites is McCalls 3015 . I like the high neckline and back detail, I've just been to scared to make it.
Last year, along with a few like minded friends, we started the Rockin' Maryborough Vintage Festival with the objective to share the love of vintage in our town. I am the president and our first years event was organised in flash of 12 weeks.
I never like to fail but the task that we started was bigger than Ben Hur.
I'm glad we have had 12 months this year.