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

What happens at a Model Casting?


Have you ever wondered what happens at a model casting? We popped along to the FASHFEST model casting last weekend to find out.   Illustrator Lexi Keelan takes us through each of the steps: Registration Warm Up Walking in front of the Judges Waiting, watching Photos Measurements     See our full wrap up of the model casting here. FASHFEST 2017 will be taking place from the 28 – 30 September.

Shop the Runway – Fashfest Shopping Guide


  The excitement of Canberra’s premier fashion event, Fashfest. isn’t quite over yet, it’s time for the real fun to start: buying pieces from the runway to take home for your very own. Lucky for those of us living in Canberra, there are plenty of opportunities to shop a great number of the designers presented as part of the festival. For those of you interstate, take heart, many of the designers and retailers offer online shopping. Here is our guide to shopping the Fashfest runway.   Braddon Located just outside the city centre, conveniently all within the one building, are… Continue Reading

Fashfest – Saturday Show Five ‘Spectra’


  ‘Band of colour, a visual display. Explore where you sit on the fashion spectrum. This is the show for people looking to make a statement and express themselves in true colour.’ – Fashfest show notes   Perhaps the strongest show of the festival in terms of the cohesion of the designers showing, ‘Spectra’ featured ethical and sustainable fashion from almost exclusively Canberra based labels.   Karen Lee   A Fashfest veteran (the label has now appeared at Fashfest four times), Canberra designer Karen Lee specialises in creating timeless, quality pieces to be treasured and valued. Her new collection featured… Continue Reading

Fashfest – Thursday Night Show Two ‘Furore’


‘Test the boundaries of your taste. Admire the beauty of this dark thunderstorm. Challenge your preconceptions, explore the edge and spectacle of what fashion can be. This show is for those who love the unconventional, the unexpected.’ – Fashfest Show notes   Hardy show-goers that we are, it only took a few more M&Ms and some frenzied activity on social media before we were ready for our second show of the evening. Make sure to catch up on our coverage of show one, ‘Reverie,’ here.     Melanie Child   New Zealand designer, Melanie Child, focuses on sustainable fabric choices… Continue Reading

Fashfest – Thursday Night Show One ‘Reverie’


    ‘A visual delight with images to relish. Explore fashion for its beauty, its brilliance, its sensation. This show is for those who want to get lost in a dream, a fantastic reverie.’ – Fashfest show notes   After prepping and preening and taking a good hundred snaps in front of the photo wall; after a trip backstage, and a handful of M&Ms that we smuggled in our handbag, followed by a healthy half hour delay, Fashfest 2016 was off and running. This year the festival followed a new format of six distinct shows over three days. Show one,… Continue Reading

An Interview with Fashion Illustrator Johanna Dziadkiewicz


  It’s no secret that we love Melbourne based illustrator, Johanna Dziadkiewicz‘s work. We have been honoured to collaborate with her for over a year now and to celebrate this milestone we thought it was high time you found out more about her. We caught up with Johanna to chat about her artistic practice and about some of her favourite illustrations so far.   Leiden: How did you get into fashion illustration? Johanna: As a kid I spent a lot of time drawing from magazines and photos to improve my skills. I always loved drawing people, and when I finished… Continue Reading