Kaftan Party

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A group of people in bright kaftans pose by a pool.
Photograph: Ann-Marie Calihanna

Time Out says

Every body is welcome at this over-the-top pool party

Grab a cocktail and tizzy up the most fabulous kaftan you can find for a head-turning poolside look. This is an all-inclusive soiree where fashion and body positivity are on the menu. The Ivy rooftop gets a full tropical makeover for this inclusive affair from 4pm on Wednesday, February 19, transforming into “La Ilsa Bonita”, where retro and camp vibes reign supreme. 

Australia’s most enduring gay icon, comedy personality Bob Downe, leads a full fruit salad of a line-up. He’ll be joined by sultry drag powerhouse Coco Jumbo, intergalactic pop-disco band Sugar Fed Leopards, synchronised swimming brilliance from Melbourne’s clamtastic feminist water ballet team the Clams, vintage vibes from the Retro Equality queer pinup community, and DJs. 

There are prizes to be won, so make sure you throw your pool noodle in the ring for titles such as best kaftan and most outrageous summer accessory. Tickets start at about $52. 


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