08 Nov 2021

It’s set to be a regal affair when National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant Queen, Nina Bretag arrives at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday 13 November aboard the Royal Christmas Ball Float, thanks to renowned local designer Jaimie Sortino. 

Sortino officially unveiled the Queen and Princess gowns on Monday, 8th November at the Carrick Hill Story Book Trail, and said the custom designed gowns embody both old-world glamour and modern sophistication and were inspired by the concept of a royal fairy tale. 

“The National Pharmacies Pageant Queen will light up the night sky in a tulle gown embroidered with silver beads and a sparkle throughout. Featuring a soft shoulder bow, the gown has a whimsical feel which evokes an element of fantasy,” Mr Sortino said. 

In lovely contrast from the traditional colours of Christmas, the two Princess gowns worn by Kami Watson and Lauren Justice, are made from tulle in rose gold and periwinkle. 

Jaimie Sortino with Princess Lauren (left), Queen Nina (middle), and Princess Kami (right) at Carrick Hill
Jaimie Sortino with Princess Lauren (left), Queen Nina (middle), and Princess Kami (right) at Carrick Hill

“Playing a complementary role to the gown worn by the Queen, the Princess gowns feature glitter tulle and, when paired together, create a soft, romantic story,” said Mr Sortino. 

National Pharmacies CEO, Vito Borrello said showcasing and supporting local design on the Royal Family Float is something the business is proud of. 

“Today is a special day for the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant. Not only are we celebrating the South Australian tradition of the Royal Family, it’s also very humbling for us to showcase and support a local designer at the same time,” said Mr Borrello. 

National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant, Pageant Director, Brian Gilbertson said Sortino, who was hand-picked to design this year’s highly anticipated National Pharmacies Pageant Queen and Princess gowns, has brought the magic of the Royal Float to life through his articulate fashion design. 

“Jaimie’s unique flair, design expertise and incredible talent will see the Queen and Princess gowns sparkle and delight young and old - to those in the crowd and those watching at home,” said Mr Gilbertson. 

Adelaide-based Sortino said he was humbled to be part of the Royal Christmas Ball Float this year. 

“I hope the fashion and design of the National Pharmacies Pageant Queen and Princess gowns will allow viewers watching the event live or at home to step into a fantasy world full of magic - a feeling I had as a kid growing up attending the pageant,” said Mr Sortino. 

The National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant planning is well under way, with more information around the full event schedule, headline acts, COVID Management Plan requirements and National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant at Home details released ahead of 13 November. 

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