Tausees and Chanica Rudolph in their outfits for the Emmaus College formal. The pair arrived at the formal on a camel.
Tausees and Chanica Rudolph in their outfits for the Emmaus College formal. The pair arrived at the formal on a camel.

To the camel, my dear!

WHEN you can’t find an elephant in CQ, a camel will have to do.

Tausees Arshad and partner, Chanica Rudolph, set the pace at their Emmaus College formal recently.

Tausees, 17, this week said he’d been swamped with compliments since boldly going to his school formal on the back of a camel and dressed in a traditional Indian outfit, which cost him little more than $50.

However, the look wasn’t quite complete as he hadn’t been able to find the elephant.

“Once I got my costume I wanted an elephant, but for some reason I couldn’t find one in CQ,” Tausees joked.

“But I managed to get a camel.”

He said while he originally got a quote to hire the camel a few months before the event, he forgot to confirm the booking until the night before the formal.

Tausees, who is of Bangladeshi descent, said the idea for his costume came when his uncle sent two Sherwanis from the UK earlier this year.

With the help of friends he stitched together accompanying items with the rest sourced online from an Indian clothes shop.

“It would have cost no more than $50,” Tausees said.

“Everyone loved it.”

He said friends contacted him on Saturday after The Morning Bulletin named his outfit among the top 10 formal costumes from this year’s events.

Tausees said he and his formal partner had a great night.

“At first she was a bit surprised, but she loved the camel,” he said.

“It was fantastic, I danced all night.

“My shoes were a size 13, but my feet are very wide and I ended up with bad blisters.”

As for the future, Tausees hopes to go to Brisbane to study architectural design at university.



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