fashion designer kirrily johnston

Shortly before I went overseas I attended Australian Fashion Week as a guest of Dulux (they have created a range of paints together), and got to see Kirrily Johnston's show. Not only did I want to buy almost every outfit on the runway, but I had a huge appreciation for the work that would go into creating not only the collection but the parade too. It exceeded all my expectations. It's amazing what a stamp Kirrily has made on Australian fashion in such a short period of time. After training at the Melbourne Institute of Textiles she launched her label in 2004. Recently she was awarded the InStyle Women of Style Awards in the fashion category.

Which five words best describe you? Creative, particular, passionate, contrary, focused.
What was your first job and what path have you taken since? Designing hair accessories for Kookai. Then managing a multilable boutique called Milla in Melbourne and then beginning my label.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Self belief.
What’s your proudest career achievement? I recently won the Instyle Women of Style awards in the fashion category. I am very proud of that.
What’s been your best decision? To move to Sydney.
Who inspires you? Women who juggle big careers and family.
What are you passionate about? Animals, art & nature.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Yoko Ono.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? Having kids.
What are you reading? Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette.

images courtesy of kirrily johnston and vogue

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