Designer Profile – The Prodigal Daughter


  If you love colour, pattern and flair in your wardrobe then The Prodigal Daughter is a brand you need to know about. The designs from former human rights lawyer Phoebe Mwanza are exactly the vibrant ray of sunshine to wake you up from the chill of winter; and it was on one of those cold blustery days that I sat down with the lady herself to talk about her brand. Born in Zambia, and growing up in Zimbabwe, Phoebe was always drawing and making things as a child. She found that she was often dressed a little differently (and… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – Naomi from The Perfect Gown by Naomi Peris


  If you are looking for custom bridal wear that isn’t going to burn a hole in your wallet so large your wallet no longer exists, we have found the label for you. The Perfect Gown is a Canberra-based design studio founded by formally trained designer Naomi Hogie, who specialises in exquisite custom gowns that won’t have you living off two minute noodles for months on end to afford them. In October 2016 Naomi showcased her label Naomi Peris Bridal as part of FASHFEST 2016 (see our runway report here). Her collection ranged from classical inspired pieces including draped, Grecian… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – Madola


  Some time ago we had the privilege of sharing a set of images from photographer Kevin Thornhill which featured a range of looks from clothing label MADOLA. The pieces featured were bold yet sensual: the sort of pieces that imbue the wearer with confidence. In short, these were clothes we wanted to find out more about.   Emma: Who is behind the Madola label? My Name is Ashani Madola and I’m the designer behind Madola the label. I’m a Sri Lankan born immigrant living in Canberra.   E What is your background in fashion? A: I am a graduate… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – Rockstars and Royalty Part 2


    No one understands the power of transformation quite like fashion designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan. Under her label Rockstars and Royalty, she has created hundreds of incredible custom gowns, witnessing first hand with each of her customers that special feeling a unique piece can create. Having recently decided to shake up the structure of her business, moving away from strictly couture to customisable ready to wear, we sat down with Vicky to to find out the motivations behind the change as well as what is next for this  growing label. Catch up on the first part of our interview here.… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – Rockstars and Royalty Part 1


  No one understands the power of transformation quite like fashion designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan. Under her label Rockstars and Royalty, she has created hundreds of incredible custom gowns, witnessing first hand with each of her customers that special feeling a unique piece can create. Having recently decided to shake up the structure of her business, moving away from strictly couture to customisable ready to wear, we sat down with Vicky to to find out the motivations behind the change as well as what is next for this  growing label.   Leiden: What is your background in fashion? Vicky: I am… Continue Reading

Designer Profile: crbn


  A little while ago we had the pleasure of attending the launch of a gender neutral clothing label, crbn in Sydney. Designed by Whitney Duan, the first crbn (pronounced carbon) collection featured striking minimalist pieces able to be transformed by the personality of the wearer, no matter their gender. I was so drawn to the collection that I  ordered a piece the very next day. When my slightly subversive bandage skirt arrived, it was just as perfect for my hourglass figure as it had appeared on the man who wore it on the runway. I wanted to find out more… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – Lady Albert


  We first had the pleasure of meeting Erin Louise, the talented designer behind Lady Albert at Fashionation in Cooma. We were so intrigued by her designes that we wanted to find out more.   Leiden: What is your earliest fashion memory? Erin: House of Elliot, it’s a TV show set in the 1930s that was on when I was in primary school. I loved it. Pretty sure my friend and I used to get into trouble for not doing our school work because we spent all our time talking about the show. I love the fantasy that fashion can… Continue Reading

Designer Profile: Charly Thorn


  Earlier this year, Team Leiden had the pleasure of attending Fashionation, a fashion event in Cooma showcasing both the local design talent and also the regions amazing wool. After all the excitement of the runway show we sat down with the youngest designer to showcase work on the evening, Charly Thorn to find out more about her design process.   Ledien: What is your earliest fashion memory? Charly: My earliest fashion memory would be when I was about 4 years old sitting on the floor of our new house, no furniture just a mattress, a box of Barbie dolls,… Continue Reading