Designers in the past:
- Billabong Designer of the Year, Rhaman Donovan;
- Holly Ryan Jewellery, a recent QUT Fashion graduate who has blown away the Brisbane fashion scene with her beautiful handcrafted silver jewellery (notably being acquired by exclusive boutique, Blonde Venus);
- Sunday Social Vintage, a local of the ever vibrant and eclectic Winn Lane, offering the best in vintage clothes;
- Jacqueline Curran, QUT Fashion graduate and 2012 QUT/Westfield Couture Academy winner.
- Danni Stonehouse from The Brisbane Arts Theatre, Queensland's longest running community theatre company;
- Katrina Gaskin, whose 2011 lingerie collection was recognised by QUT as one of their top graduate collections;
- Kate Anderson, an MSIT graduate who has impressed with her mix of classic silhouettes and fantastic new designs.
NATSUKO KONDO was born on the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan and spent her early childhood in Nagano. At the age of five her family moved to Winnipeg in Canada. This was her first exposure to western culture in an English-speaking country, an experience that helped shape and widen her views of the world. She returned to Japan aged 8 and continued studying at an international school in the port city of Yokohama. At the age of 13 she moved to Brisbane, Australia where she is still based today.
From an early age, Natsuko showed an ongoing passion in drawing and mixed media. As an early teenager, she pursued her drawings skills to become an artist, which later developed into an interest in fashion. Natsuko graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion from Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE in 2009. She was intrigued with the beauty of fashion, the timeless pieces and was fascinated with the constantly evolving fast changing world. She has a great love for patternmaking and sewing. Natsuko particularly enjoys working all the way from initial design through to the end product and the sense of accomplishment it provides. Through attention to detail at each stage of the garment creation process Natsuko hopes to continuously grow in experience, excel in her workmanship and succeed as an individual designer.
DYANI is an Australian clothing label producing locally designed and made women’s wear. Our designs are a modern interpretation on timeless retro styles created in limited number pieces. We provide a fresh youthful approach with our unique cuts and emphasis on the wearers’ individuality.
INFINITE SOCIETY is an Australian based street wear label and a hybrid of Australian beach culture and Inner City Street wear. The resulting products are characterised by their vivid colour and edgy style. Created by a Fashion Stylist and a Fashion Photographer the garments are carefully designed to resonate with all walks of society to create the goal of fun fashion, which can be teamed with anything from a pair of swimmers to a designer jacket.
JACQUELINE CURRAN represents a fresh, modern interpretation of design that makes her wearer feel unique, empowered and breathtakingly beautiful. The label emulates a sophisticated, wearable commerciality and immaculate fit and construction.
SCARLETT MENAGERIE is an ‘anti-fashion’ response to modern day fashion. Based in Brisbane, the independent clothing label creates their own garment patterns and clothing designs. Scarlett Menagerie specializes in custom made garments and accessories for both the ladies and gents of the world. This mind behind Scarlett Menagerie is yours truly, Kristine Browning. Each garment or accessory is handmade, from the design sketching, pattern making, to the act of sewing it all together.
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination” – Oscar Wilde
SISTACO was founded in May 2011 after a gap was found in the accessories market for fashionable, affordable statement pieces for all women. Since then, we have grown to become a well-known name in the Australian fashion industry with our designs available throughout the country. We are a company run by women, for women. The name Sistaco came after it was decided that we wanted to support women in Australia and abroad. This means that a large part of our philosophy is to inspire women to be themselves and to be strong, independent, and confident. This mission is not only met through the confidence women gain in wearing our product, but through inspiring stories, education, and knowledge that by wearing Sistaco, they are supporting something bigger than themselves.