Georgia Dixon


Revealed: The staggering cost of Julie Bishop’s designer wardrobe

Revealed: The staggering cost of Julie Bishop’s designer wardrobe

She’s one of the most powerful women in the country, but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has also proven herself to be one of the most fashionable. After all, how many of us can say we’ve graced the cover of Vogue?

Stepping out in everything from $1,500 Christian Louboutin pumps to a $32,000 designer gown worn at this year’s Mid-Winter ball, fashion is something she takes pride in. But it’s also led critics to dub her “Fashion Minister”, saying she’s out of touch with the average Australian.

Political rivals have claimed Bishop uses taxpayer money to fund her lavish wardrobe, but the Foreign Minister’s office says this simply isn’t the case.

“I don’t think we should apologise for our interest in fashion,” she told Stellar magazine last year. “I have always loved fashion and beautiful clothes and magazines. That doesn’t mean I can’t have a serious career and hold deeply complex, serious conversations about world events with people.”

Whatever you think of her work in politics, there’s no denying she’s got some serious style. Scroll through the gallery above as we take a look out our favourite looks from the 61-year-old.