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Published June 27th 2015
The Secret Every Perth Woman Should Know
Ticket to your black tie event: $250

Limousine hire: $150

Hair cut and colour: $200

Getting an international designer dress for less than 100 bucks: priceless

The Library Dress
Find flirty little cocktail dresses at The Library Dress

Despite the fact we live in a throwaway society, there is a segment of the population who are becoming more wise to the amount of money we spend on single use items. And as much as we might hate to admit it, we have all spent an outrageous amount of money on a dress for a special occasion that we never wore more than once (and I don't just mean wedding dresses).

The Library Dress
and dazzling one-off creations for balls

This is the brilliance behind designer dress hire shop The Library Dress in Claremont. Run by the beautiful Phoebe Longwood, The Library Dress offers a range of ballgowns and cocktail dresses by local, national and international designers, as well as some of Phoebe's own designs.

The Library Dress
Detail on a ball gown

The concept is elegantly simple: choose your dress, hire, wear and return. The hiring fee (which ranges between $70-$140) includes dry-cleaning, meaning you can be confident that the dress you choose will be both hygienically clean and easy on the pocket: and some of these dresses are stunning creations worth in excess of $1,200. Much easier to justify $140.

The Library Dress
Find your perfect dress for your next big event

Open for only ten months, at this stage the overwhelming majority of dresses are suitable only for women up to size 12/14, which is unfortunate for anyone with a bum, but this is only temporary.

The Library Dress
I'm not going to win next season of ANTM

This gap in the market outfitting women up to size 16 in stunning gowns is soon to be closed, and over the next few months, more stock will be arriving in the larger sizes, including Phoebe's own designs.

The Library Dress
Detail on a ball gown

The dresses cover a wide range of styles, and are suitable for women of all ages.

There are no set hours, instead The Library Dress operates on an appointment only system, but Phoebe is very accommodating and many of her clients prefer to come after-hours to enjoy the luxury of finding the perfect dress. Located next to the Claremont Quarter, the Library is hidden away on Stirling Road, making it easier to keep this a little secret between you and me and your bank manager.

The Library Dress
Beaded detail on one of the dresses

And if you are a regular on the society circuit, or just like going out a lot, The Library Dress is making it even easier to shine (on a budget) by offering Frequent Dressers 50% off the cost of the 3rd hire.

They even provide a convenient all-hours dress return window.

You can make an appointment via Facebook, email (hireme@the or phone (0417 019 605).

The Library Dress
The Library Dress is discreetly located at the western end of Claremont Quarter

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Why? Designer dresses at a fraction of the cost
When: By appointment only
Phone: 0417 019 605
Where: 2/10 Stirling Rd, Claremont
Cost: Dress hire ranges between $70-$140
Your Comment
Whar a fabulous concept. I know more than 10 years later I still have my formal dress in the wardrobe - never worn again! Renting something very special is just superb! Btw, you are absolutely rocking that red number :)
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 1664 days ago
This is a seriously awesome idea just waiting for someone to get a franchi$e going!
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|304) 1664 days ago
Great idea. There should be more of these!
by Rota (score: 2|708) 1664 days ago
by brigi (score: 1|25) 1662 days ago
There is another one located in Willetton operates on an appointment only system
by Noreh (score: 0|7) 1579 days ago
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