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ANGELICA Tomelty is without a wedding dress.
While she has pictures of her special day the “priceless” gown she helped design went to the dry cleaners and never came back.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard the gown vanished after it was dropped off at the Brown Gouge outlet at Brimbank shopping centre for a cleaning quote on February 24 last year.
The store is a “dry shop”, with items usually sent to Brown Gouge’s North Melbourne cleaning facility.
Ms Tomelty said she tried repeatedly to collect her dress but after four months of being given the run-around the store closed.
It was then she also learned the store had been operated by a franchisee, Asiatic International Pty Ltd. The company was deregistered in February this year.
Centre management directed Ms Tomelty to John Zhong, the director of Brown Gouge Pty Ltd, which held a lease with the shopping centre but had licensed the premises to the franchisee under a separate agreement. Ms Campana found Mr Zhong tried to locate the dress.
Ms Tomelty told VCAT she had been robbed of the “priceless” sentimental value of the gown, which she designed and had made with lace especially imported from Turkey at a cost of $5220 — the amount of compensation she sought from Brown Gouge.
“While she has pictures and memories of wearing her handmade gown on her wedding day, the item has gone missing after being placed with Brown Gouge for drycleaning,” VCAT member Kylea Campana found.
However, she dismissed Ms Tomelty’s claim for compensation from Brown Gouge.
Ms Campana accepted that as Ms Tomelty’s contract was with Asiatic International, the store franchisee, then the company, Brown Gouge, as the franchisor, had d no legal responsibility for the gown. a bride
Ms Campana found that “as unfair as it may seem”, without guarantees under consumer laws holding franchisors responsible for the activities of franchisees, Brown Gouge was not responsible for the dress.
“Even though the receipt (for the dress) says Brown Gouge and the store says Brown Gouge, it is just a technicality because the ABN on the receipt was Asiatic’s,” a frustrated Ms Tomelty told the Sunday Herald Sun.
“I would tell people never to go to Brown Gouge because this technicality means nobody is ever going to take responsibility.
“My trust was put in a 100-yearold brand and I expected a service like everyone else does.”
Mr Zhong told the Sunday Herald Sun he had “no idea” what had happened to the dress.
“I called the police and they didn’t want to be involved,” he said.
Ms Tomelty said the VCAT case had cost her $500 and left her with little hope of seeing her dress again. firstname.lastname@example.org ONE Direction’s Niall Horan released a soft breakup ballad with echoes of the heartthrob boy band as he announced his debut solo album.
Horan (left) revealed via social media on Friday that his album Flicker will come out on October 20, followed by a tour next year that takes in Australia.
The 24-year-old Irish singer marked the announcement by releasing a track from the album entitled Too Much to Ask, a piano-led ballad in which Horan, his voice turning soulful, mourns the end of a relationship.
The song is produced by Greg Kurstin, the increasingly in-demand musician best known for co-writing Adele’s hit Hello. Kurstin also worked with Horan on the first track on Flicker, the acoustic guitar ballad This Town.
Horan’s soft touch is more consistent with One Direction than the solo music of his two most successful bandmates.
Zayn Malik cast off One Direction’s squeaky clean image to go for a sensual, urban vibe, while Harry Styles surprised critics with an album that sounded influenced by 1970s David Bowie.
One Direction formed when the five young men auditioned for the British reality TV show The X Factor.
Angelica Tomelty’s wedding dress, which went missing after being sent for cleaning. Pictures: T-ONE IMAGE
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