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DESIGNER LOUISE OLSEN








When designing the 30th collection for Dinosaur Designs, Louise Olsendecided to do things a little differently. Each collection for the iconic fashion and homewares brand usually starts with a nature-inspired subject or form. For the Rainforest collection, Louise started with a colour. “Dinosaur Designs has always been known for its colour so it seemed natural in our 30th year to start a...

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TEXTILE DESIGNER CAROLINA LOPEZ CRUZ






It wasn’t until Carolina Lopez Cruz learnt what possibilities were open to her that she really found her creative path. She had grown up in Cali, Colombia and only thought you could go to university to study subjects such as medicine or business. However, on learning about fashion design, she not only decided to enrol, but chose the well-known Istituto Marangoniin Milan, Italy. “After I got there...

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FASHION DESIGNER LEE MATHEWS







Fashion can be a fickle business so it takes a certain talent and determination to last the distance. Lee Mathews recently celebrated 15 years of her eponymous label. The designer, who was born in Northern Ireland but raised in New Zealand and Canada before settling in Australia, started out as an art director and illustrator on magazines such as Vogue and Vogue Living. She then spent time working...

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DESIGNER HEIDI CORREA







Heidi Correa had a late start to the career that she really wanted. But since she changed directions she has not only not looked back, but she’s been charging into new territory too. Heidi, best known by the blog then shop then Instagram account Paddo to Palmy, worked in advertising and media for many years after not being able to get a job in banking - she had studied economics and marketing. “I...

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DESIGNER MARNIE GODING







“We have never been worriers, but we did spend a lot of energy trying to figure out what direction we were heading in,” says Marnie Goding, co-founder and creative director of Elk Accessories. “Now that we have experience - and a bit of hindsight - we are more open to taking risks and trying new things.” Since launching Elk in 2004 from their Melbourne home town, Marnie and her husband and...

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DESIGNER ANNIE ABBOTT







Shoes are very sculptural and so I think the 3D aspect to a shoe shape really fascinates me,” says Habbot founder and designer Annie Abbott. “More specifically I get very focused on the toe shape, and second to that, the heel. I can spot a toe I like at 100 paces!” The Australian designer says men’s shoes have the best toe shapes and so most of the shapes in her designs are based on classic men’s...

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DESIGNER HEIDI SEMETKA



























It was during at trip to Mexico in 2010 that designer Heidi Semetkaand her partner Angus Plate, a photographer, walked through the leather markets and an idea was sparked. The thick leather goods they saw, using traditional carving techniques, weren’t available in Australia - yet. A couple of years later the duo quit their jobs and travelled around the world - visiting India, Sri Lanka, Mexico and...

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STYLIST BETTINA MCILWRAITH







Styling is a part of Bettina McIlwraith of Appetite for Decoration- thanks to the way she was brought up, she says. “But it runs deeper than that, now styling is a vital communication tool for better ways of living and always in support of sustainable, ethical art forms. My work too has always been about a massive appreciation of tribal culture, especially ritual and ceremony... a celebration of...

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FASHION DESIGNER LAETITIA TROUILLET







Bordeaux in France is not where Laetitia Trouillet wanted to spend her days. After studying art history there she packed her bags and went to live in London. During this time Laetitia went on holiday to Morocco and struck on the idea to create a range of leathergoods and accessories. And so Lallawas born. At first she sold her range in Portobello Market and a range of boutiques, including Paul&Joe...

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COSTUME DESIGNER CHRISTIAN JOY







The world of Christian Joyis reminiscent of old school New York in many ways. She creates costumes with a wink to how the punk movement attacked their clothes: with scissors and safety pins, even glue and paint, rather than a needle and thread. Christian also has the same underground vibe to her work. She revels in creating fanastical costumes that aren't about finding a market but rather...

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