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Editors Let ter

Welcome to the 2009 edition of

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When we were working towards this issue, what struck us most was the dedication,

talent and daring attitude our team encompassed. Our love for all things new, innovative

and edgy was the starting point for what is aptly entitled our Fearless issue. Here,

we showcase the up-and-comers on the Brisbane fashion scene, with our QUT Fashion Graduate

shoots, The Hunter Becomes the Hunted and The Final Cut. It is refreshing to see such a young

group of designers with an exciting and inventive vision. Also, keeping true to our Brisbane roots,

we take you on a journey of fashion through the city, in our women’s wear shoot, Into the Night.

We have also addressed the emerging role of fashion, beauty and the contemporary woman in our

features The Woman Destroyed and The Beauty Curse. And while we discuss the Fearlessness

of the fashionable new-woman (our cover is the perfect example); The Baccia Girl shoot

uncovers the beauty of our landscape and the vintage finds that not only make for a high

fashion moment, but also create an individuality and unique-ness that exemplifies the fearless.

And so this is it - the result and celebration of months of hard work, dedication and now,

excitement, to bring you the 2009 edition of Frock Paper Scissors. We trust that

our vision translates, and will bring you as much joy as it has us. But most of all, may

it inspire and encourage you to live fearlessly. As Cecil Beaton once said, “be daring, be

different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative

vision against the ‘play-it-safers’, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary”.

Madelaine Brown Rebecca Dickson


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Art Director


Deptuty Art Director


Features Editor


Chief Sub-Editor


Fashion Editor


Deputy Fashion Editor


Web Editor


Assistant Web Editor


Contributing Web Assistant


Managing Editors

Kay McMahon

Sandra Kafrouni

Sub-Editing Team

Bridget Barnett, Rhianna Bull, Jade Dunwoody, Ashleigh Elliott, Anna Havers, Rachel Howard, Eliarne Iezzi, Olivia Noakes, Megan Stephensen, Jiayi Ying

Feature Writers

Bridget Barnett, Rhianna Bull, Alexander Campbell, Josephine Campbell, Amy Cloumassis, Georgia Colclough, Felicity Cooney, Amanda Curtis, Jade Dunwoody,

Ashleigh Elliott, Alexandra Gilfedder, Claire Grimshaw, Sara Hankiewicz, Ambre Harford-Birkett, Anna Havers, Ashlee Hill, Menefrida Horbino, Rachel Howard,

Alexandra Hull, Eliarne Iezzi, Elizabeth Ljubinkovic, Jacqueline McWha, Cathey Niven, Olivia Noakes, Holly Ryan, Lucy Slater, Sarah Spear, Megan Stephensen,

Jasmine Tan, Jillian Trevethan, Stephy Yang, Jiayi Ying

Fashion Contributors

Felicity Cooney, Brent Derepas, Rannulu De Zoysa, Clare Duffy, Cassandra Egan, Matisse Forman, Menefrida Horbino, Rachel Howard, Paloma Kennedy-Lopes, Mary

McHugh, Phaedra Murray, Holly Ryan, Lucy Slater, Kim Touhy, Nathalia Viana, Natalia Vidovic


Layout Alexander Campbell, Amy Cloumassis, Rannulu De Zoysa, Clare Duffy, Jade Dunwoody, Jessica Gunn, Sara Hankiewicz,

Alexandra Hull, Jacqueline McWha, Sarah Spear, Kim Tuohy

Illustrators Amy Cloumassis, Clare Duffy, Xenia Mazarakis, Luke Sarra

Photo Editors Felicity Cooney, Clare Duffy, Jasmine Tan, Stephy Yang

Photographers Yohan Budiman, Felicity Cooney, Clare Duffy, Jaclyn Fellows, Claire Grimshaw, Mike Hilburger, Belinda Holloway,

Callie Marshall, Sophie Mills, Sarah Spear, Maximilian Tynan, Natalia Vidovic, Malin Viktoria


PR Team Georgia Colclough, Amanda Curtis, Ashleigh Elliott, Alexandra Gilfedder, Ambre Harford-Birkett, Menefrida Horbino, Elizabeth Ljubinkovic, Megan Stephensen,

Jillian Trevethan

Chroniclers Felicia Tu & Milani Zepeda

Models Beej Albany, Amy Boughen, Paige Bradford, Rob Bullock, Tiernan Cowling, Steve Fox, Luen Jacobs, James Jang, Rose Lindgren, Wendy Ma, Marianne Mackintosh,

Adina Maree, Anna Stretton, Zoe Theodore, Paula Kyle Walden, Sarah Waller, Kate Weatherston, Samuel Vucko, Ethan Widin

Hair/Makeup Ellen Armstrong, Jessica Cameron, Sam Harris, Kali Mataitoga, Izaq Olomi, Isabelle Slater

Special Thanks Natalie Denning, Gavin Sade, Paula Kyle Walden, QUT Fashion Graduates & Peter Cooney

Sponsors Terry Duffy Optometrist

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1 Editors’ Letter

2 Contributors


8 The Baccia Girl

22 The Hunted becomes the Hunter

28 The Final Cut

34 Into the Night

41 Brave the Storm


5 Fleur Wood Profile

7 Hot Couture

13 Paula Walden

14 The Woman Destroyed

16 Backstage Secrets

18 Come Dive with Me

20 The Beauty Curse

33 And Her from Target

39 Insiders Only

40 The New Man

55 The Lion, the Bitch and the Wardrobe


6 Fashion the Dance

46 Ink. Paint. Love.

48 Test-tube Trinkets

49 No Need to Fret

50 Destination Brisbane

51 Ole! Delicious Espana

52 What’s Hot

54 Southside Story

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Q & A

If you could redesign a religious uniform what

would it be?

I really like the flowing robes of Tibetan Buddhism but I’d have to

change the colour palette. I love this season’s fascination with the

shade of nude.

Where do you develop new fashion ideas


I do definitely have intense moments of inspiration.

Sometimes it’s a pair of shoes walking down the street,

other times it’s a movie. Recently I’ve been inspired by the

photographer Vee Speers. She’s a beautiful photographer

with a really crazy, crooked view of the world.

What is the most important lesson you’ve had

to learn?

When you make a mistake you have to make it quickly! Don’t

stay there trying to fix it or just thinking that it will change:

recognize it and change it quickly.

What trend are you loving at the moment?

I’m really loving the whole 80s revival. What I love most

about it is how we are doing it – with a much more eclectic

and twisted view.

WE know Fleur Wood for her flowy

dresses in BRIGHT colours, but what we

didn’t know is how time in a Tibetan

monastery steered her career...

WORDS Rhianna Bull

PHOTOGRAPHY Courtesy of Fleur Wood

AS an aspiring designer at age 23, Wood travelled for two

years through the Indian Himalayas; living in a nunnery

and designing for a culture preservation project for the Tibetan

Exile Government. “I was really lost and I didn’t know what I

wanted to do with my life,” she says.

Working in public relations and specialising in retail sales and

merchandising, Wood admitted to having no qualifications in

manufacturing or design experience when accepting the job.

She worked for an Institute called Norbulinka, a division of

the Tibetan Exile Government dedicated to the preservation

of Tibetan culture. Wood liaised with traditional artists and

craftspeople, helping design projects and products which could

then be exported overseas to help raise funds.

Wood watched as the daily influx of Tibetan refugees, who

had walked across the Indian Himalayas to Nepal and on to the

Dharamsala refugee centre, steadily increased.

Living in a nunnery for a short time, Wood was inspired by the

strong, spiritual energy of the Tibetan people. Having little to

no contact with the women of the monastery, due to their daily

spiritual practices, Wood was left to meditate and study Eastern

religion and philosophy. Her experiences helped her discover

herself and develop moral standards which were then carried

into her business. “I don’t want to make money from having

animals killed,” she says.

Wood’s morals also influenced her decision to donate to

charity. “I think it’s about corporate responsibility. We do a lot

of manufacturing in India and I feel like I have a responsibility

to give back to the community which supports my business,”

she says.

Returning to Sydney at 25, Wood originally set up her

business as an import company; bringing fabrics, scarves

and shawls from India into Australia. From there she started

developing products for other Australian companies and

manufacturing them in India. After steadily building her

reputation, Wood went on to launch her own self-named label

initially consisting of four slip dresses in four different colours.

Wood never thought she would achieve what she has.

“I was only 25, never had a business before and had very

limited work experience. I think a lot of the reasons for my

success have been a combination of my naivety and hard work,”

she says.

With amazing life experience behind her, she leaves us with

these words of wisdom: “It is important to do what you love,

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Artists of Bavarian State Ballet

Fashion the

WORDS Katie Goss

PHOTOGRAPHY Wilfried Hoesl, courtesy of The Australian Ballet

Dressing up in costume can make a

girl dream; of becoming a celebrity

fashion designer or a prima ballerina.

The artful fusion of fashion and ballet can evoke

images to inspire the imagination.

This year, high fashion met high theatre in a

new way when Karl Lagerfeld collaborated with

the English National Ballet in tribute to legendary

French company the Ballets Russes. He created a

sublime costume – a torso made up of pink, pale

grey and white feathers extending over a silk net


Costume designer for the Queensland

Performing Arts Company, Christopher Smith,

describes the earlier twentieth century designs

seen on the stage of the Ballets Russes as

inventive and risk taking; something the world

had never seen before. “The combination of the

colours and shapes, the representing of different

cultures absolutely got picked up by designers like

[Paul] Poiret and appeared in high fashion and

eventually worked its way down.”

For the past 20 years, top fashion designer,

Christian Lacroix, has designed costumes for

22 landmark European and American theatre

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The connections and

collaborations between

fashion and the arts

continue to grow and

connect in new and

exciting ways.

productions, acting as inspiration for many of

his collections. This year, Paris based designers

Viktor & Rolf made costumes for Carl Maria von

Weber’s romantic opera Der Freischütz.

In Australia, designer Akira Isogawa, who’s

opened a fashion outlet in Ann Street Brisbane,

has created costumes for four Sydney Dance

Company productions. In 2003, he and 16

other well-known designers, including Brisbane’s

Easton Pearson, created their own versions of

the iconic costumes for The Australian Ballet’s

TUTU project. Pamela Easton and Lydia

Pearson enjoyed “the chance to design a fantasy

garment within the constraints of a strict set of

formulas regarding fit and shape for dancing, and

the thought of the beautiful bodies that it might


The head of wardrobe at The Australian

Ballet, Michael Williams, explains the specific

considerations that need to be made in terms

of designing for dancers. “Construction has

to be durable to withstand the rigours of the

choreography and we expect the costumes to

withstand many performances over a period of

many years. For this reason I think the level of

construction is well above that of haute couture

whilst the design is at least on the same level.”

In his view, contemporary fashion will

always impact on a costume designer, “and

hence influence the outcome of the design even

when set in another period”. For example, while

working on the costumes for The Silver Rose

(premiering in Brisbane in February 2010),

modern fabrics have been used to recreate the

Belle Epoch influenced costumes. “Availability of

fabrics can restrict the realisation of the designer’s

ideas,” he says.

Fashionista and marketing manager of The

Australian Ballet, Kate Scott notes, “ballet and

fashion have long influenced each other; with

romantic tutus finding form in 1950’s couture,

Audrey Hepburn popularising the ballet flat, and

countless fashion designers lending their flair to

ballet costumes”.

The connections and collaborations between

fashion and the arts continue to grow and

connect in new and exciting ways. In Williams’

view “when the audience reacts with awe as the

curtain rises - that is the most rewarding outcome

for a designer”. The dance goes on forever.


Haute Couture: this topical, but little

explained pocket of the fashion

industry, has been a booming source

of income for the past 150 years – the crown

jewel in the tiara of fashion. The purpose of haute

couture has long been questioned, dismissed

as an irrelevant extravagance, existing simply

to seduce us into buying a fragrance or lipstick.

Nevertheless, haute couture has undoubtedly

manifested into an important marketing tool in

defining and maintaining the status of high end

luxury brands.

Haute couture itself is expensive to produce

and provides fashion houses with little revenue,

as there’s only a small client base. The media buzz

generated from haute couture shows boosts sales

of the mass produced accessible lines of labels

such as Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.

These creative designs are seen as a way for

fashion houses to showcase their talent and build

brand awareness.

Chief executive of Christian Dior, Sidney

Toledano, says haute couture brands generate

publicity as an investment for their mass

produced accessible lines – cosmetics and

fragrances. “In this industry you either keep it on

a small scale or go completely global,” Toledano


The first haute couture fashion house was

Hot Couture

WORDS Megan Stephensen


““The reason why haute couture

exists and will always exist is

because without it, there would be

no fashion – ideas trickle down

from couture collections and that

is how fashion is born.”

– Paul Hunt, 2009

established in the mid nineteenth century

by entrepreneur Charles Frederick Worth.

He provided a paragon of the most beautiful

clothing, handcrafted with exquisite detail and

sought after by thousands. Nowadays, haute

couture is used as a tool for positioning and

marketing a brand, adding to its visibility and

prestige. It assures consumers of its quality, and

helps push sales of mass produced goods.

Brisbane couture fashion designer, Paul

Hunt, believes the ‘trickledown effect’ provides

consumers with a greater accessibility to haute

couture. “Haute couture is used as a clever

marketing tactic to promote a label’s mass

produced luxury goods, and as long as consumers

keep buying [lipsticks and perfumes from the

haute couture brands], the collections will

continue to be profitable,” he says.

Hunt describes haute couture as “absolutely

essential to how fashion works” and believes

it will continue to strive in this era of mass


In an interview with The Taipei Times,

President of the French Chambre Syndicale de

la Haute Couture, Didier Grumbach, offers his

perspective on the role of haute couture and its

evolution in the fashion world today.

“When haute couture was organised and

structured the way it was in 1944, there was no

ready-to-wear as we know it today. Everything

was made for you. Creative ready-to-wear did not

exist. Today Chanel and Dior, the most mythical

couture houses, are also at the same time among

the biggest exporters of ready-to-wear, and

without their ready-to-wear lines, their couture

lines could not exist,” he says.

Grumbach says however, without the

creativity and craftsmanship of haute couture,

the ready-to-wear lines would not hold the same

prestige. “The brands that we all know were

founded by artists who expressed themselves on

the body rather than on a canvas,” he says.

Haute couture is continuously put on a

pedestal in the world of fashion. It’s the rarefied

realm inhabited by the very talented, extremely

particular and truly dedicated. Believed to be

the enhanced status of brand association, haute

couture will continue to stand as an effective

marketing medium in the twenty first century. To

achieve success, designers will have to continue

to reconcile their artistic vision by implementing

a smart business plan to inspire consumers.

There’s no doubt women want the unattainable

look they see on the haute couture runways, even

if it comes from a spray of Chanel No.5 or by

applying Dior lipstick. Haute couture, unrivalled

and inaccessible, continues to fascinate and

ultimately sell a dream. WX

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The Baccia


FUN and FREE the Baccia girl lives by no rules. She imaginatively

styles the clothes of yesteryear and with a touch of MYSTERY and

INTRIGUE, brings forth a new woman of power.

PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Hilburger

STYLIST Matisse Forman


MAKE-UP Kali Mataitoga

MODELS Anna & Paige

Garments stylist’s own

paula walden

WORDS Lucy Slater


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Showcasing a collection at fashion

week is something of a dream for

many designers. For Paula Walden this

dream became a reality, at only 26. Walden’s

designs were recently showcased as part of

George Wu’s and Riot swimwear’s collections

at Brisbane’s 2009 Mercedes-Benz Fashion


When asked about her rise in what’s

normally a cut throat industry, she says,

“Oh I don’t think of it like that, I mean,

everything is just growing organically. I just

try to keep on top of things”.

Paula began her career straight out of high school when

she was accepted as a jewellery apprentice. The three year

apprenticeship initiated her appreciation for detail and keen

interest in the reasoning behind a piece. “I’m very concept

driven. I come up with words or imagery before I start to

design. I can never go backwards either, some people will want

me to recreate a past collection for them but I can’t, I hate that.

I always want to make something new,” she says.

Walden attributes her creativity to her carefree childhood

in Papua New Guinea. “When I was growing up we would

go to the beach... It was on one of those perfect beaches most

people see on postcards and I could do what I liked. Lots

of the things I did, looking back, were quite dangerous, like

chasing wild pigs and going swimming with sea snakes... I

don’t think a lot of people understand what it was like, but it

was magical to me.”

Walden gives Brisbane credit for embracing its young,

creative, new artists. “There is a different vibe in Brisbane,

people want to support you not cut you down. I don’t think

you find that in many other places,” she says.

Walden’s latest endeavours, both in jewellery and fashion, look

at shape and form. “I have been thinking about jewellery and

clothing not only as an expression of the self but also as an

extension of the self; those objects we choose but that literally

project 3D into space, and then the forms around that; the

silhouettes that are created and the negative space that is left, is

endlessly fascinating for me,” she says.

Walden says the most important thing to remember in the

fashion industry is to follow your passion and not let yourself

get discouraged by what others think. “You might fail whilst

trying new things but if you produce what is already there

then nothing new will ever happen. Change and creativity are

interlocked; you can’t have one without the other,” she says.

When asked, what the future holds for Paula Kyle Walden

brand, she just shrugs, “anything is possible”.


The Woman


WORDS Rachel Howard

PHOTOGRAPHY Callie Marshall

MODELS Tiernan & Sarah

Feminism is often married with visions of women screeching down the

streets, brassieres ablaze; which often leaves audiences, male and female,

with shivers running rampant down their spines. Quick! Turn the page and

rid yourself of this vulgarity. The tenuous relationship between fashion and

feminism is explored with the influence of Simone De Beauvoir.

Parisian feminist Simone De

Beauvoir (1908 – 1986)

played a vital role in the

development of existentialism and

feminism during the twentieth

century. A number of her novels

explored existentialist themes

which “attempt to find meaning and

purpose in an absurd world”, Austin

Cline says in the biographical History

of Existentialism.

“If her functioning as a female

is not enough to define a woman,

if we decline also to explain her

through ‘the eternal feminine’, and if

nevertheless we admit, provisionally,

that women do exist, then we must

face the question: what is a woman?”

Simone De Beauvoir says in The

Second Sex.

The way a woman is perceived is

often due to the manner in which she

dresses. Despite charming pre-existing

stereotypes, not all radical feminists

have arm pit hair long enough to

plait nor make a serious pastime out

of verbal man bashing. Women have

been defined by dress in both social

and cultural situations throughout

history. Dress is a form of expression;

it conveys the ideals, beliefs and values

of any woman, therefore making dress

objective. A typically oppressive garment, the corset, accentuated the waist,

which may have sexually liberated many women. Therefore, women may not

have been destroyed by the fashions of their eras and rather, embraced the

styles that appealed to their feminist ideals.

Honoured member of the Zonta Organisation: Advancing the Status

of Women Worldwide and author of essay, Feminist Movements: The 1960s,

Polita Cameron, is an advocate for feminist rights.

“Fashion is a very obvious way to communicate and express ideas about

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“If her functioning as a female

is not enough to define a woman,

if we decline also to explain her

through ‘the eternal feminine’,

and if nevertheless we admit,

provisionally, that women do exist,

then we must face the question:

what is a woman?”

Simone De Beauvoir The Second Sex

how you see yourself in society, thus the

connection would appear quite a strong one.

Interestingly however, the one outfit could

mean many different things depending on

the woman wearing it and the interpreter.

One outfit that to me would appear scant,

showing too much flesh, looking showy

and blatantly wanting attention from men

could make the wearer feel empowered by

showing off her sexual prowess and may see

this as dominating and indeed feminist,”

Cameron says.

The way women have dressed in France

throughout history contains notions of

submissiveness, constraint, emancipation

and equality. Different periods in French

history represent feminism in a fashion

context. Marie Antoinette represents a

feminine aesthetic style that women have

grappled with over centuries. Domesticity

and femininity are illustrated through

pastel shades, floral patterns and the

accentuation of particular parts of the

body through corsetry and the crinoline.

Style exploded in Paris in the 1920s.

Hair was cut short and women were

liberated by smoking, drinking and

obtaining employment. The 1940s saw

a rise in ‘military’ style dress. Women

were emancipated through pants and box

style suiting and with the encouragement

of sportswear and athleticism; the life of

leisure was embraced.

Today feminism is considered passé and outdated; opposed to the

cultural cringe, it resembles something of a ‘social cringe’. Feminism has a

distinct stigma that possesses a destructive relationship, not unlike that of

incandescent pink thong meets kitten heel. Considering how expressive dress

can be, it’s interesting some believe they are exempt from style and feminism,

when in actual fact, the simple act of being dressed displays, each woman’s

values, beliefs and feminist ideals.


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IMAGINE walking through big black doors

to a different world. The fashion world.

Imagine being backstage watching dozens of

lanky girls with their slender limbs stretched over

chairs, getting their hair and make-up done in

exciting new ways.

Imagine, after 10 minutes when the novelty

has worn off, you’re stressed and frazzled.

Truth be told, most of the models at a fashion

show are rather plain without make-up and

disappointingly less glamourous than they are in

the fashion editorials in the top magazines.

Backstage, at the fashion show, their prayingmantis

bodies and pale, sunken faces look eerie

when illuminated from the harsh light radiating

from bulbs lining the mirrors. More than a dozen

top stylists and makeup artists work furiously fast

as the models saunter in, zoning out on an iPod

or poking away at a Blackberry to pass the time.

The models subsequently, after hours upon hours

of being tortured, primped and prodded, morph

into the beautiful creatures that walk the runway.

Lining walls in the dressing rooms, stand many

racks carrying the coveted spring collections.

Dressers sit on the floor, wherever there’s room,

taping the bottom of heels with contact paper.

Drama erupts as someone points out there is

only one shoe in one of the boxes that just arrived

from the downtown department store. There’s a

commotion of chatter before two assistants are

sent off to get another shoe and swiftly return,

hailing the missing platform heel.

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The energy backstage gradually escalates as

the runway show time edges closer. It’s supercrowded

all of a sudden. There are models,

hairstylists and reporters packed together like

a department store at Christmas. It’s a frantic

race to get all the models in their garments and

then ... drum roll please ... the designers arrive.

Cameras follow the debonair designer’s every

move backstage.

“ Truth be told, most of

the models at a fashion

show are rather plain

without make-up and

disappointingly less


The following day of the fashion

festival begins with more prepping of shoes,

steaming of garments and putting outfits together.

The buzz from the catwalk show the night before

was predominantly about one model, who was

walking in her first-ever catwalk show. Apparently

she’d fallen over on the runway and was fired

immediately by the show’s director. Ouch! There

are no second chances in the fashion biz.

Backstage, at this show, models’ have blisters

the size of Uluru. Dressers cuss at the tedious

buttons on a black, cut-away dress. They do this

while slathering fake tan over models’ bruised

legs. You wouldn’t think, not being able to do up





goes behind the scenes of a fashion show and

talks to fashion innovators, whose WORK STANDS

FOR INGENUITY, BEAUTY AND STYLE and who are sketching new

fashion settings.

WORDS Josephine Campbell

PHOTOGRAPHY Josephine Campbell & Ashlee Hill

buttons would seem reason enough to bring on a

heart attack but yes, it can. Another dresser works

up a sweat while attempting to zip a model into a

child-sized corset. After what seemed like half an

hour of flesh pinching, she was eventually zipped

up and tucked-in to the midriff corset. But being

20 and fitting into a garment that would snugly fit

a six-year-old is hard work.

“I’m soooo hungry” can be heard from a

model who apparently has only eaten a handful

of almonds in the past three weeks. It was then

the realisation came across. Not once was there

a morsel of food to be seen. But honestly, we

can’t feel too bad for her. We’d be pretty happy

starving too if we were raking in mad cash for a

few minutes on the runway.

Few words are as ubiquitous in the

contemporary mass media as glamour. When

we think of glamour we imagine the people who

live it, the clothes that scream it and the make-up

that makes it. But as you can see, despite the

drama that goes on backstage and its seemingly

unglamorous duties, the dazzling illusion

compensates for all the hard work.

As the fashion industry comes together to

view and celebrate the newest trends for spring,

it becomes apparent what seems trivial backstage

is part of a bigger design that is endeavouring to

bring more fashion glamour to us all.



What do you do?

i am a full-time model and a part-time artist.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The travel and the people you meet ... oh and getting

to see the latest collections!

What do people say you look like?

A baby deer! ... Bambi.

What did you used to draw as a child?

A butterfly and birds in gardens.

What did you want to change your name to?


If you weren’t modelling where would you like to be?

A full time artist with a few exhibitions under my

belt and some paintings sold.

What are you wearing?

Marc by Marc Jacobs top, Zimmermann skirt, Sachi

boot, Fendi necklace and Chronicles of Never bracelet,

YSL bag.

Hidden talents?

I can do the Smeagol voice from Lord of the Rings.

What’s next?

A holiday to Nevereverland...

Rock, paper or scissors?



What do you do?

Modelling, studying naturopathy, plus

many other things such as.......... watching

another model get her blue nails


What’s the best thing about your job?

Filling out questionnaires and foot aids

(for blisters).

What do people say you look like?

Claudia Schiffer, Lady Gaga, Aretha


What did you want to change your name to?


If you weren’t modelling where would you like to be?

At home watering the worms in the

wormy farm, in the sun anywhere


What are you wearing?

Someone else's clothes (but mine now),

a size 14 blue 'discovery' jacket with

shield buttons, a black velvet skirt and

an old black top with flowers on it.

Total price: $24 haha. So fancy.

What’s next?

My underground GoMa to China

expedition via Bunnings (haven't

got a head torch).

Rock, paper or scissors?


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WORDS Sara Hankiewicz



IT’S Thomas’ buck’s night; he and a van

full of his friends are seeking out the dark

corners of the city. They look over their

shoulders to ensure no one is watching and sneak

in the back entrance.

Tonight’s mission doesn’t lead the boys in

search of babes and booze. Instead, they’re

scouting a selection of delicacies for tomorrow’s


Thomas and Anna, his fiancé, are a wedding

planner’s nightmare. After exchanging vows

barefoot in the local community garden, guests

will be offered a selection of pizza, doughnuts,

salad, fruit and nuts – all fresh from the

commercial bin.

For a ‘freegan’, this is a way of life. Freeganism

is an anti-consumerism lifestyle. Shopping

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in supermarket bins instead of supermarkets,

‘dumpster diving’ is one of the latest trends

attracting people who seek a sustainable lifestyle.

“When people choose a lifestyle, whether it’s

fashion or dumpster diving, I would like them to

step out of the image it’s associated with and see

the responsibility that they have,” Thomas says.

Australians throw out three million tonnes of

food every year, with a wastage value of more

than five billion dollars. With figures like these,

it isn’t surprising Australians are embracing this

waste conscious lifestyle.

At Brisbane’s Griffith University, students of

the Food Politics subject study the global food

system; investigating starving nations and the

organisation of local supermarkets, with the

added bonus of a dumpster diving tour.

Recycled garments by

QUT Second Year

fashion students

“It really is a transformative experience, I see

my city in a different way,” one student says in

a recent 4ZZZ radio interview. “I thought this

would be something like a protest thing, how so

much food is being thrown away, but it [dumpster

diving] is actually a subculture I didn’t know


While dumpster diving is not illegal, dumpsters

are often located on private property where

trespassing is not allowed. It’s the pushing of

boundaries which has fostered this controversy.

“For me, it’s just another form of recycling.

Responding to the fact that there is so much

food waste, dumpster diving is a necessity,”

Thomas says.




Full body coverage

is recommended to

avoid contact with

unidentified matter.

Something loose fitting,

with lots of give allows

a greater range of

movement for deeper

dive potential.


Know what you’re

diving for and pack

accordingly. You don’t

want to be caught out

having retrieved three

cartons of mangoes with

nothing but a bicycle to

get you home.


It’s going to stink in

there, so if you’re new to

dumpster diving maybe

opt for a rubbish bin and

work your way up the



After your rummage, be

sure to put everything

back in the dumpster

and do a general clean

up of the area. You’ve

just scored a free meal;

it’s the least you can do.



Don’t just stick to

supermarket dumpsters.

Suss out your

neighbours, it will tell

you a lot about what’s in

their bin.


dumpster dive:

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the beauty curse

WORDS Eliarne Iezzi

ILLUSTRATION Xenia Mazarakis

SONG LYRICS Bon Iver - Skinny Love

YOU may be the most beautiful

woman in the world, but you’re

not getting any younger. There

will always be anti-wrinkle cream to

spend your money on. You may have

gorgeous naturally blonde locks, but when

‘brunette’ is in – there will always be hair

dye to spend your money on. You’re thin

enough to fit in size six jeans, but you

could always buy breast implants to fill out

your top.

This is the beauty curse.

Brainwashed by a tsunami of images of

‘flawless perfection’ in the media – many

people blindly pursue this unattainable

goal. By its very nature, the industry wants

you to be dissatisfied with yourself. If you

were simply happy with your image – how

would they make money off you?

Renowned Sydney nutritionist, Arlene

Normand, says too much importance is

placed on the idea of beauty. With 70 per

cent of her clients struggling with serious

body issues, Normand feels women put

too much pressure on themselves to look

a certain way. It’s a result of what they

are led to believe is ‘normal’. From her

experience, cosmetic procedures provide

a short-term self-esteem boost, “but

often lead to an obsession with cosmetic


Even cosmetic surgeon and founder

and director of COZmedics, the Australian

medical group, Dr Alison Jamieson says,

“You only need to open the Sunday

paper to be bombarded by choices of

venues and people using technology and

creating extraordinary claims. There is a

huge amount of marketing hype and sales

pressure to encourage all to purchase the

latest expensive device”.

Addiction to beauty can and does

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cause serious social problems in today’s

society, where technology and knowledge

is intensifying. In Obsession with Youth

Explored, Denise Scott asks, “When did

this obsession reach and addict the general

population?... This is definitely a modern

day phenomena perpetuated by the media.

The media tells us we should want to stay

young. The manufacturers provide all

manner of ‘stay young’ products and the

retailers avidly promote their ‘stay young’


To understand beauty’s true cost,

you only have to examine the industry

where beautiful people are traded – the

modelling industry. Being an international

model of three years with agencies in

Europe and Australia, Emaonn Katter, has

seen the industry at its worst.

“Some models, not all, go to extreme

lengths to achieve a certain look. The

problem is the current aesthetic in the

industry is for very thin shapeless models.

This is easily achieved by 16 year-olds but

anyone over that age needs to alter their

natural body shape by depriving it of food.

Simple as that,” he says.

He cites, first hand, Spanish Fashion

Week, one of the only fashion weeks in the

world where models must prove to be in

a healthy weight range, as a key example.

If models fall below their body mass

index (BMI), which according to Katter

is lowered to accommodate more models,

they are removed from the shows.

“In order for models to meet the BMI

minimum they drink copious amounts of

water just before they are weighed. If they

don’t make it initially, they are given one

hour before a final weigh in. If they failed

the first attempt, the model will normally

go away and bloat themselves with even

more water and attempt to hide jewellery

in their underwear to add weight,” Katter


Despite apparent advantages, the

physically ‘blessed’ have disadvantages

as well. Having completed a degree in

law and business at the University of

Queensland and currently studying

history and art at the Cambridge

University in the UK, Katter feels he isn’t

taken seriously. “There are stereotypes that

are associated with being a model. Not a

day goes by where a line from Zoolander is

not quoted to me,” he says.

Is it possible to reverse the curse?

In a small step towards a healthier

societal body image, Australian model,

Sarah Murdoch, just appeared on the

front cover of the Australian Women’s

Weekly in a completely non-airbrushed

photo; freckles, wrinkles and all. Does

this make her less ‘perfect’? Or rather

more beautiful for the fact she embraces

characteristics which the industry has

deemed undesirable? She is also part of

the body image taskforce advising the

Australian Government on a proposed

code of conduct for the beauty industry.

Hopefully ‘plastic fantastic’ is on the way

out, and ‘unique fantastique’ takes over.

So, before dwelling on your next

flaw or insecurity, consider the words

of renowned British naturalist Charles

Darwin, “If everyone were cast in the same

mould, there would be no such thing as

beauty”. WX



becomes the


PHOTOGRAPHY Felicity Cooney

STYLIST Lucy Slater

DESIGNER Marnie Perkins


DESIGNER Catherine Maddin DESIGNER Jeremy Gillis

DESIGNERS Lauren Clarke, Jeremy Gillis

DESIGNERS Heidi Davidson

Priya Cox

DESIGNER Aimee Jayne Kahl

Assistant Stylist Brett Bevege

Assistant Photographer Peter Cooney

Hair & Make-Up Isabelle Slater

Models Kate & Samuel




PHOTOGRAPHY Malin Viktoria

STYLIST Clare Duffy

DESIGNER Alice Leahey

DESIGNER Kasey Brooker DESIGNER Kristen Siemon


DESIGNER Cassandra Taylor


DESIGNER Erica Stagg

DESIGNER Robyn Taggart

Assistant Stylist Mary McHugh

Models Luen & Marianne

Hair & Make-Up Jessica Cameron & Izaq Olomi

Shoes Models Own


And her underwear... is from Target


Here comes a nouveau movement of ‘mix and match’. It’s the trend of

mixing the costly with the low-cost. As the financial crisis lingers,

global consumers are upgrading the art of doting luxury with an

economical conscience. The desire-driven pursuit of luxury and exclusivity


Luxury brands have become a set of symbols denoting modern

elitism. From Armani coats to Cartier watches, luxury products are worn by

consumers to define their identity and social position. Paris-based fashion

author, Dana Thomas, identifies the contemporary luxury goods industry as

being fashioned around the ‘‘profit-driven, yet noble sounding concept of

making luxury accessible’’. From Hermès bags to Chanel lipstick, the

conglomeration of luxe business has fueled the spread of luxury.

“Global consumers are infatuated by the contagious addiction. Marketing

directors are striving to make luxury available to anyone, anywhere, and at

every price point,” Thomas says.

Depending on the individual’s budget and yearning impulse, the luxury

dream is now an achievable reality.

The era of designers being integral to their brands has passed. Ex-creative

director of Gucci, Tom Ford, has always been aware that he was not an artist,

because he was creating something to be marketed, sold and used. Fashion

Her coat is Burberry.

Her bag is Chanel.

Her watch is Dior.

Her coat is Burberry. Her bag is Chanel.

Her watch is Dior.

and luxury is all about business in today’s market. Luxury brands’ expansion

into the “middle market was something to be addressed”, Ford says. “Had we

not done it, someone else would have.” Brands’ pursuit of greater size and

greater profits has cultivated a mushrooming phenomenon of the accessible

modern luxury culture.

Modern luxury has become a cult, with devotees from entrepreneurial

elites, to cash-strapped students. For the true luxe affluent, teaming genuine

items with a fake is merely an entertaining game of having some ‘naughty’

fun. For the not so rich, it’s about creating the statement appearance with

cheap finds and an investment luxury staple. Take for example the ‘it’ bag

phenomena of 2000, which saw fashion followers reaching for their piece of

high-end in Fendi and Balenciaga.

Combining mass-market items with luxury pieces is becoming a fashion

in itself. A New Luxe Syndrome of combining the cheap with the expensive

is paralleling the growing consumer society. Many now favor caviar with

popcorn as a fashionable articulation of tasteful individuality. Whichever the

case, the worth of luxury is a dimension relative to personal values,

preferences and finances.

So, what price tag will you put on your Louis Vuitton bag? WX

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Into the Night

PHOTOGRAPHY Maximilian Tynan

STYLIST Austin Moro

Bodysuit by Camilla and Marc, Pants by Ksubi, Cape by

Konstantina Mittas, Neckpiece and ring by Paula Kyle Walden

In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but

in a city, with its blaze of lights,

it is unnatural, hostile and menacing.

It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time.

- Somerset Maugham

Jacket by Konstantina Mittas, Bodysuit by Camilla and Marc, Jeans by Ksubi, Rings by Paula Kyle Walden

Dress by Emma Rea, Knit Top by Stolen Girlfriends Club

Dress by Konstantina Mittas, Jewellery by Paula Kyle Walden

Assistant Stylist Natalia Vidovic

Fashion Assistants Brett Bevege, Frida Horbino

Hair & Make-Up Sara Donaldson

Model Rosie

Stockist Bessie Head


Insiders Only

WORDS Bridget Barnett

PHOTOGRAPHY Bridget Barnett & Felicity Cooney

Wholesale hotspot 1: B & C

Centre For the fashion savvy girl

who wants a real bargain.

B&C Centre is a fashion wholesaler’s dream.

Set in the industrial area of Lai Chi Kok, the

shopping haven extends along a single winding

corridor stretching 500 metres. The clothes and

accessories here are usually without a brand label,

and come in sizes ranging from Australian size 6

to 14. A wholesale centre for retail stores, clothes

here are usually a year ahead of trends. French

boutique owner and editor of Hong Kong fashion

magazine Prestiage, Maire Lebailly, stumbled

across B&C Centre five years ago.

“Although some locals are aware that B&C Centre

exists, what they don’t know is that the store

owners are usually happy to sell to individual

customers at wholesale prices. It’s great, I can

pick up accessories to send back to the store in

France and find a few things to add to my personal

wardrobe too,” she says. The downside? The busy

shop owners, organising orders for stores globally,

don’t have time to give you quality customer

service. “Try not to get in their face too much,

they‘re happy to let you browse, just don’t hassle

them. They are selling on huge scales so making a

sale with an individual customer isn’t a priority of

theirs,” Lebailly says.

Best Buy: Black buckled motorcycle

boots – approximately AUD$50 (Pleather, not

leather. You will have to sacrifice the smell of your

feet for fashion).

Tip: You often are not allowed to try on clothes

at B&C Centre – make sure you know what size

and measurements you need and bring a tape





Wholesale hotspot 2: Sham Shi

Po DIY district For the girl who

doesn’t mind doing it for herself.

Sham Shi Po is a hub for everything you need if

you want to create clothes or make jewellery.

Between about 10 streets, there are dozens of

fabric, bead, ribbon, stud, chain, feather, leather,

zip and hook stores. You need to know exactly

what you are looking for, down to the thread

count. The biggest downside of this DIY district

is when ordering in bulk, minimum orders are still

going to be enormous, with the minimum number

for beads being 1000. American instillation artist

and statement jewellery designer, Emily Eldridge,

uses this district to source interesting pieces for

both her art and jewellery. “I usually try to just buy

on the day because I don’t like the risk of ordering

1000 beads without having orders for that many

necklaces myself. However, sometimes you don’t

have a choice… If there is something you really

want and they’ve run out in store, ordering in bulk

is your only option,” she says.

Best Buys: Gold studs AUD$2 for pack of


Tip: If you have photos or samples of fabric or

jewellery that inspire you bring them along. Some

shopkeepers have poor English and visuals can aid

the process.

HONG KONG is one of the

world’s most renowned shopping

destinations. Bargain hunters from

around the globe flock to the

island in search of a good buy.

While most travellers are trolling

the well-known tourist spots

buying their standard souvenirs

and I ‘heart’ HK T-Shirts, boutique

owners and independent

designers are scoring their buys

at the real shopping gold mines.

Now fashion insiders are letting

you in on their secret shopping



Wholesale hotspot 3 : Lowu

Commercial City For the hardcore

shopper who wants it all – and is

prepared to fight for it.

This hotspot is located in Shenzen, China.

Although not technically Hong Kong, it’s

only a forty-five minute train ride away. Lowu

Commercial City looks like a huge office block,

but is actually a sprawling shopping centre with

close to 1500 small shops. This district sells

everything from dinosaur eggs (yes, they‘re real!)

to high fashion designer handbags (no, they’re

not real!). The best part – nothing has a price tag.

Everything in the shopping centre can be bartered.

Hong Kong based accessories buyer, Kate Barnett,

says the store owners will often try and rip you off.

“As a rule of thumb divide WX whatever number they

throw at you by three and you should get roughly

its real worth,” she says.

Best Buy: Wolf head diamante studded

cocktail ring, approximately AUD$20 each

(depending on your bargaining skills).

Tip: While it’s relatively safe, there have been

some reports of robbery. Dress down and leave

your jewellery at home. WX

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WORDS Phoebe Parsons

PHOTOGRAPHY Jaclyn Fellows

Ladies, there’s a new man in town…and

just in time. At long last we may have finally

seen the back-end of the metro

movement. The scantily clad, size 26 jean

wearing strain we’ve come to accept as

our ‘male counterpart’ may soon be,

officially dead.

Women have grown tired of waiting for their white knight; the

knight whose biggest fear isn’t ripping their taut jeans while

getting on a horse. Women want ‘real’ men who scale tall

buildings in a single bound.

Coined in 1994 by British journalist, Mark Simpson, the term “Metrosexual”

paved a way for the hetro-sexual man to openly adopt certain traits

in regards to his shopping and grooming habits.

According to Simpson a Metro-sexual is “a man with money and with an

interest in fashion and beauty who lives within easy reach of a city”.

Adopted and popularised by a host of big name celebrities, such as Justin

Timberlake and David Beckham, the metro craze spread faster than swine


In next to no time, you were hard pressed finding a man whose hair

contained less product than Pamela Anderson and whose jeans were worn

high enough to conceal his Calvin Klein underwear. And just for the record,

no, he wasn’t checking you out as you walked past; he was checking his

behind in the reflection of the shop window…until he spotted the sale sign

that is.

No stranger to exfoliating face masks, tinted moisturiser and eyebrow

shaping, it’s safe to say Beckham’s long standing crown as poster boy for

metro-sexuality is not likely to be revoked (pity the same can’t be said for his

appearance on trend pages).

Senior booker for Chadwick modelling agency, Lyli Estalote, says the

term ‘Metro-sexual’ came about due to a progression in society. “The

everyday man no longer has to settle down, have children, and take on traditional

roles if you will. This allows them the luxury of exploring different

ways of living, which culminated in the importance of looking and feeling

good which is considered in high regard within our society,” she says.

Just when we had lost all hope, our white knight took off his skinny jeans.

Similarly to Beckham’s hairstyles, masculine identity has undergone many

transformations in the last few decades, making it hard to keep up with the

current batch.

From the exuberated elegance of the Dandy to the subtle

sophistication of the SNAG (sensitive new age guy), to the blatant boldness

of the Metro-sexual, the latest buzzword illuminating masculine identity is

the Neo-sexual.

The Neo may just be the perfect man. Attaining more masculine qualities

than his Metro counterpart, he’s still sensitive to his partner’s needs and has

been likened to ‘James Bond with a sense of humour’.

Estalote noticed a shift in the type of male models cast globally in this

year’s fashion weeks. “The choice of boys was decidedly more manly than

last year. Fashion week parades globally like to change the types of models

they use because that is fashion for you. One minute the boy look is all over

the catwalk and editorials, the next year it’s the opposite, the following year

they mix it, then the year after that they go back to the boy look,” she says.

“It’s exactly like you see in fashion. Most looks and trends come full

circle and at some point always get repeated, but with a relevant more

contemporary shift.”

Maurie Powell, long standing staff member of men’s retailer, Harry

Henry, says he noticed a shift in his customers’ desire for a more classic

and masculine style. “Namely the colour pink has lessened noticeably as a

fashion statement. Blue for boys is an old adage and is very popular again,”

he says.

Powell, who has over 45 years experience in men’s fashion says men in

the public eye who have always epitomised masculinity influenced the shift.

There has always been an elder statesman who always looks classic, namely

George Clooney, the epitome of looking good and feeling comfortable in

what he wears. The younger males who most take our eyes are Daniel Craig,

Clive Owen and Michael Buble, to name a few. These stylish masculine

dressers will have a great influence on this new generation,” he says.

Now that the Neo-Sexual has arrived; without the fear of helmet hair and

with more stretch to his stride, it may not be too late for our white knight to

catch us. WX

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Pants by Filippa K, Shirt by Dr Denim,

Shoes and Hat Models Own.


the Storm

PHOTOGRAPHY Natalia Vidovic

STYLIST Austin Moro

Clouds come floating into life, no longer to carry rain or

usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky

Jeans by Friedrich Gray, Shoes

Model’s Own

Opposite: Long Sleeve Button Up by

Fernando Frisoni, Shorts by Saint Augustine

Academy, Shoes and Hat Model’s Own

Tshirt by Claude Maus, Shorts and Coat

by Chronicles of Never, Shoes Model’s


Fashion Assistants Brett Bevege, Frida Horbino, Model Beej, Stockist Dirtbox




WORDS Holly Ryan


MODELS Zoe & Ethan

ILLUSTRATION Macushla Kilvington

Since the 1800s the Boater style sun hat has

made a mark for itself. Traditionally associated

with sailing and the seaside, it now represents

a functional work of art capable of erasing the

segregation of men and women as equals. The Boater

hat is also popularly known as a Sailor, Sennit, or

Skimmer. It is a stiff brimmed hat, easily distinguished

by its flat top crown. Not to be worn carelessly, the

Boater is required to be worn with exquisite costume.

Transported to a modern day setting, the Boater is a

memento of taste and elegance and a celebration of the

past in both style and practice, at a time when D.I.Y is

on the rise. Since it’s now summer, it seems fitting that

a likely addition to anybody’s wardrobe would be a

brand new hat! So how about celebrating this summer

in style and with the satisfaction of knowing you

created your very own sun hat?


Head straight to

for the pattern for a classic Boater style sun hat…

Think bikes with baskets, long summer days

flying kites and ice creams at the beach…

D.I.Y has never looked so good!

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INK paint love

WORDS Rhianna Bull

PHOTOGRAPHY Fernata Photography

BODY Art, like the culture of drag in

Australia, is seen as an outrageous,

revolutionary and rebellious form of

artistic expression. To wear nothing more than

jeans, flower petal nipple-covers and a top made

out of body paint requires a person to throw their

inhibitions to the wind.

But is Australia ready for body art fashion to

enter the public domain?

Director for Rainbow Creations Body Art and

founder of the Australian Body Art Carnival, Ria

Clauss, says lack of forward thinking is the primary

reason for Australia’s prolonged development in

body art.

“When I first started body painting, people

thought I was painting cars, piercing people or a

tattooist. It’s taken society a long time to realise;

to educate them that body art is a serious practice

and should be taken on board as a new artistic

medium,” Clauss says. She describes the creative

effect it has on the wearer: “It’s like when you paint

a tiger on the face of a child they go around and

roar all day”.

Originally from the Sunshine Coast, Clauss’

obsession grew from her travels in the 1970s

throughout Africa and India. It was on home

soil however, that she became infatuated with

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Aboriginal body painting culture. These intricate

designs of paint were encrusted with tales of tribal

hierarchy, children, wars and marriage to create a

unique identity.

“Our current translation of that is ‘emos’ and

‘goths’. This is a really good start because it means

that we are changing…Our creative expression is

taking over and soon we’ll all be going out face

painted,” she says.

On the Gold Coast, Isabelle Vesey went from

being a struggling artist to being the professional

make-up and body artist at Dracula’s cabaret

restaurant. She paints and applies special effects to

herself, actors and models featuring in the shows.

“Wearing make-up and applying a costume

allows me freedom; I can do and say things my

everyday self wouldn’t dare do…It’s the extended

version of your own personality, the wilder more

daring side…Management loves it when we dye

our hair bright colours, get a new make-up idea

or ink on a new tattoo. And we’re encouraged to

do so…Very few things are taboo and that’s what

makes it so special,” she says.

As a chunk of pink hair escapes her black

wig, Vesey admits there’s still a strong social

stigma towards tattooing, piercing and body art

modification despite its popularity among youth

of the twenty-first century. “Turning the body into

a canvas is so exciting because it is art that is always

with you, not hanging on a wall somewhere,” Vesey


Author of The Fashioned Body, Joanne

Entwistle, analyses the role fashion plays in the

formation of modern identity through the body,

gender and sexuality. She says people of nonconformity,

who practice in alternate body fashion

or who go without clothing, defy the conventions

of their culture. She notes these minority groups

are often subversive of the basic social codes which

dictate cultural values and therefore risk exclusion,

scorn and ridicule by mainstream society.

It seems the assortment of gawks, mutters and

rude stares will continue to follow those brave

enough to enter the public realm in little more than

paint. You don’t have to be as extreme as risking

arrest for indecent exposure, but don’t let body art

be refined to the pages of history books.

Communicate your creativity with your body

as the canvas. Tomorrow, paint on a necklace, a

new tattoo or even just some orange lipstick, and

see what happens. You never know, you might

inspire others to do the same.


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Test-tube Trinkets

WORDS Madelaine Brown


The jewellery you see on this page is made of human skin cells.

Pressures from an environmentally conscious public have forced

designers and manufactures to evolve their methods for sourcing

product. Now there is a new form of renewable material rocking the

artistic world, and it all comes down to science. It’s called ‘Bio-art’. The

concept stems from a basic sustainability theory, creating a product using

pre-existing material.

Brisbane fashion designer, Rannulu De Zoysa, is collaborating with a

scientist to make jewellery pieces through bio-art techniques. The head

piece pictured is made from skin cells grown in a laboratory environment

using tissue culturing.

De Zoysa’s interest in a more sustainable method for fashion design grew

from what he saw during visits to international garment factories while

working as part of a design team in California. “There were tons of smelly,

decaying textiles discarded in landfill sites that were going to stay there for

years to come. It was basically careless consumer and manufacturer consumption,”

he says.

After the initial research and experimental trials, the process takes

approximately six days to develop the pieces. “We have been able to achieve

different forms, and different textures such as smooth, glossy and corrugate,”

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De Zoysa says. For example the headpiece shown has a velvety texture.

“We swabbed some of my skin cells for the scientist to put it into a tube.

We then gave it protein so that it grows. After a few days it’s about 8 by 4

inches. We then stop feeding it and add some chemicals to ensure the cells

are no longer alive. We add colour and mould it to the style we want.”

The trend towards the collaboration between scientific process and artistic

fashion is also a result of heightened creativity and artists ‘pushing the


“It encourages designers to approach their work with an unexpected

creativity and experimentation to generate work that expresses their vision.

Most importantly there are more possibilities to have profound concepts

and original designs,” De Zoysa says.

The SoFA gallery, a division of the Indiana University, has a longstanding

exhibition exploring Bio-art pieces. Gallery director, Betsy Stirratt, is not

surprised by the collaboration claiming both “share an affinity for

experimentation and a desire to forge new frontiers in their fields”.

It’s to be expected that the technology will continue to grow as will the

designer’s imagination. So what is the future of the science-art paradigm?

Bio Fashion? It could be the future of textiles.


No need to


WITH a nonchalance toward

criticism, it comes as no surprise

that Brisbane based band, The

Frets, have taken the music scene by


A long way from their garage days, The

Frets have had the opportunity to travel

the world. They’ve written with some of

the most respected names in the industry,



claude maus



emma rea

fernando frisoni

friedrich gray

gail sorronda

gary bigeni

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WORDS Georgia Colclough

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It would be nice to say Australia’s iconic

fashion sense is celebrated as being that

of Kit Willow or Sass and Bide designs;

but unfortunately we’re more likely to

be known for pluggers or thongs. When

it comes time to showcase the National

Costumes at the Miss Universe contest,

Elizabeth Hayem - El Salvador

When did you migrate to Australia?

June 17, 1989.

Why did your family move here?

There was a civil war at the time. My parents wanted to

leave because of the danger it posed to our lives.

How does your multi-cultural heritage influence

your life now? Now that I’m making decisions

about careers and potentially my own family, I find that I

want to keep as many of our traditions as possible, while

still integrating in Australian society.

Explain your traditional form of dress?

I’m wearing a traditional dress which comes in many

different colours. It’s not an everyday item and is usually

only worn for festivals, shows and theatre.

Sesole Slade

- Samoa

When did you migrate to Australia?

In 1991; I was four.

Why did your family move here?

My parents wanted a better lifestyle and to give us better


How does your multi-cultural heritage influence

your life now?

The Samoan lifestyle is very family orientated. It’s

very much about respect for your elders and putting

your family first. At special occasions, like birthdays,

there is a traditional dance that all the family does.

Explain your traditional form of dress?

A traditional form of dress in Samoa is usually sarongs. My

tattoo is a tribal Samoan tattoo. The patterns are clearly

Samoan and represent my heritage.






the traditional outfits adorning contestants

clearly indicate their heritage. As a new

country, it’s easy to see why Australia has a

hard time finding a unique identity.

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Amrita Patel - India

When did you migrate to Australia?

In 1994; I was nine.

Why did your family move here?

My Dad wanted to open a business and we heard good

things about Australia.

How does your multi-cultural heritage influence

your life now?

Food is a big part of our heritage that we keep alive.

We don’t eat meat from cows, which can be considered

strange in Australia. My mum tries to keep religion

prominent in our lives and we visit the Temple in


Explain your traditional form of dress?

I’m wearing an Indian Sari with a tikka (the dot we put

in between our eyes). Unmarried women wear them as

a form of decoration and married women wear a red one

to signify their marriage.

Lihn Nguyen

- Vietnam

When did your family migrate to Australia?

My dad came to Australia about 27 years ago, and my mum

and two sisters came over about 25 years ago.

Why did your family move here?

Both my parents lived through the war, and were exposed to

poverty like many other families at the time. After the war,

life to them became restricted and extremely controlled. My

dad was an officer in the Imperial Navy and after the war was

a POW (Prisoner of War). The loss of freedom was greater

for him.

How does your multi-cultural heritage influence

your life now?

I’ve definitely come to have a greater appreciation now than

I did 10 years ago. I feel that Australian society has come to

embrace differences in culture more, which makes it ok to be


Explain your traditional form of dress?

The traditional dress, ‘ao dai’, for the female, is a symbol of

graciousness, elegance and beauty. Traditionally, the dress is

something that can be worn for all occasions. Today however,

perhaps due to the influences of globalisation, the ‘ao dai’ is

more common on special occasions.

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Ole! Delicious Espana

Food is a fuel, food is fulfilling, food is

fabulous. From falafel to fettuccine, from

fresh to fast, food is a fad. The latest trend

allows for fine feasting and fearless fun, flamenco


It’s sexy, sultry and just a little bit spicy.

According to renowned Brisbane food critic, Jan

Power, Spain is the new ‘IT’ place for fabulous

and fashionable food. “Spanish food is the new

fashion; it’s quite glamorous and it’s always been

there but now people are discovering it’s really

worth it,” Power says.

“Spanish food is very popular in Brisbane

and as we have a similar climate and similar

personalities it works because we always need a

change in fashion. “I’m a total fan of Spain, they

do everything well; eating to them is a total social

component and something to share.”

As summer approaches and everyone dreams

of squeezing into their teeny weenie bikini, the

Mediterranean diet appears to be in sync with

both the Queensland climate and its health

conscious population. The ingredients used in

Spanish cooking are fresh, natural and nourishing,

with liberal use of herbs, oils and spices, delivering

scintillating flavours.

Brisbanites are jumping on the Mediterranean

bandwagon with nine Spanish restaurants

currently operating within a five kilometre radius

of Brisbane’s CBD. Additionally through the

popularity of television programmes such as,

Masterchef Australia, people are eager to try new

and exciting delicacies at places from fine dining

eateries to backstreet cafes.

Bistro C on Noosa’s Hasting Street, hosts a

Latin night every Wednesday, decked out with

Spanish inspired cocktails, Latin dancing and cool

cuisine. The animated atmosphere makes for a

magical night in Madrid.

Bistro C waitress, Tania Martin, says she looks

forward to Wednesday and the surprises the night

may bring. “I’ve been working here for a year

now and latin night is by far my favourite shift

to work; it’s a crazy night with so much laughter

and adventure. The atmosphere is amazing and

everyone from staff to families to groups of friends

gets involved in the food, dancing and sheer fun of

it all,” she says.

Language and latin dance schools are also

seeing increased numbers of people seeking to

learn Spanish and the sexy and seductive moves

of the Tango and the Samba. Latin dance teacher,

Anthea Tert, who’s been dancing for 33 years,

believes the Spanish way of life is taking over as

the international flavour in terms of music, culture,

food and dance.

“I teach private classes and there has been a

huge growth in popularity in the last two years

as there are more people wanting to learn just for

fun. Spanish music is very rich, it makes you feel

like dancing and it has a special way of reaching

people internally,” she says.

It seems Brisbane is also following (or maybe

even started), the international trend of the

popularity of Spanish cuisine. Recent results

from the 2009 San Pellegrino’s Worlds Best 50

restaurants, found restaurants in Spain currently

hold four of the top 10 positions worldwide.

Brisbane restaurants confirm the local and

international following of this cultural cuisine.

Owner of Pintxo Spanish Taperia Tapas

Restaurant in Brunswick Street, Melissa Telecican,

attributes the popularity of Spanish food to the

assortment of taste sensations and unique social

atmosphere. “People like having variety and trying

lots of different things and as the food comes

out gradually it makes it ideal for the individual

with our tapas train, couples or larger social

groups. “We have Spanish tourists drop by for an

authentic Spanish meal, however, we mainly cater

to Brisbane locals, particularly those who have

travelled to Spain and are passionate about the

food and culture. “I opened the restaurant after a

trip to Spain, realising there were Spanish quarters

in both

Sydney and Melbourne yet there was a market




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for Spanish food in Brisbane that had yet to be

discovered,” she says.

A patron dining at Pintxo, Jason Quinell, said

he would definitely be back. “It’s my first time

trying Spanish food and I love it.”

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Davis Park, West End

The West End markets are famous for their variety of fresh

produce; unbeatable for quality and value. You’ll find an

interesting array of stalls with beauty products and services on


offer, including $9 ‘threading’ eyebrow shaping.


172 Bennetts Road, Norman Park

Lily G Boutique is an interior retail and design business. Their

stock is sourced from all over the world and is presented

beautifully in store over two levels. Lily G is truly a lifestyle

revolution unlike any other we’ve seen.



118 Bilyana Street, Balmoral

Located in the beautiful green suburb of Balmoral, Coming Up

Roses is a trendy little gift shop adjoined to a plant nursery few

people know about. A must see!



2/85 Riding Road, Hawthorne

Secondi is all about the love of vintage. With retro and vintage

clothing now in such high demand, it won’t be long until the

whole of Brisbane knows about this little gem. So hurry in and see

what vintage bargains you can bag.







420 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo

Le Classic is one of Coorparoo’s hidden treasures. With

internationally sourced labels and an inviting and relaxed

atmosphere, you’re sure to find an outfit for any occasion.


7/377 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo

Shoes, shoes, beautiful shoes! Kylie Ryan is a designer shoe

retailer stocking labels including Rachel Gilbert, Nicola Finetti

and Juli Grbac. The store also stocks jewellery from local designer

Paula Hall and Kylie Ryan’s own bridal range, ‘Confetti’.


598 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba

Hidden in the nooks and crannies of a nineteenth century

building is café Caro Mio. So sit back and ‘let them eat cake’.


109 Edward Street, CBD

Adjoined to independent art gallery Metro Arts, Verve offers an

informal dinning experience; delectable modern Italian cuisine at

ultra affordable prices.


11 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the market for a sofa, chess set or even

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Byblos is an award-winning restaurant offering a superb mix of

Mediterranean cuisine. You can even opt for the $25 movie and

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On the outskirts of the city

lies a space with picturesque

buildings laying claim to

a street that momentarily

sweeps you up and takes

you back to an old world full

of romance, class and style.

WORDS Ambre Harford-Birkett

PHOTOGRAPHY Claire Grimshaw & Sarah Spear

Woolloongabba has long been known

as a run-down backdrop for late night

drunken brawls, but following eight

months of construction and twelve months still

looming, it is fast transforming from dilapidated to


The main street, full of charm, with its high

illuminated umbrella lights, tall trees and garden

beds, takes you back to a time much like a scene from

Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.

Then there are the century old shop fronts which

are now home to several charming stores such as

Miss Mouse, Absolutely Fabulous and the Pearl Café,

making Logan Road the perfect place for style and


Some say there’s no such thing as love at first sight,

yet after visiting Miss Mouse your faith in the saying is


The store’s unique character hits you from the

moment you’re inside, from the framed, hand-written

short stories to the magical poem written by the

owner’s young daughter scribbled across a mirror in

bright red lipstick.

Beautiful dresses from local designers are draped

over antique chairs, while one-off jewellery pieces are

laid across a large wooden table which sits between the

raw brick walls, creating a treasure trove for style lovers.

Stocking only garments that are “classic with a

twist”, owner Dee Harris, loves that every piece can

be worn in a different way. “I try to get pieces that will

embellish and customize an outfit so everyone who

walks out of the store can personalise it with their

individual style,” Harris says.

It was Woolloongabba’s historic buildings and the

suburb’s own individual style which attracted Harris

to leave her well-loved Paddington cafe, Lure, to open

Miss Mouse in 2008.

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Across the road,

Absolutely Fabulous has

walls stacked with quirky pieces, giving the store a well

earned spot along the Logan Road stroll.

Owners Mary and Peta recently closed their New

Farm boutique, merging its belongings into the cleverly

overstuffed Woolloongabba space for the same reasons

as Harris.

Everyone loves a laugh and it seems this is the

place to let your inner giggle loose. Laughter is a central

vision Mary has for the ever-expanding store. “We want

people to have fun here,” she says.

Upon exploring the store, both new and old pieces

can be uncovered. Breath-taking antique furniture

shares the floor with unconventional items, such

as a high-heel shoe cake server, a necessity for all

fashionistas turned domestic wannabes.

“We will only stock a piece that really rocks our

boat,” Peta says, explaining the collection of witty and

well-designed items which makes Absolutely Fabulous

one of a kind.

Further down the street, is a coffee hot spot which

has created quite a stir with its large loyal customer base

that swears by the addictive caffeine experience.

The man that brought us The Gun Shop Café in

West End, Daniel Lewis, has transformed an antique

terrace house into the stylish Pearl Café. This quiet

café positioned between a shade of trees and shabby

ceramic potted plants, lets you sit back to enjoy some

afternoon people watching.

The finer details are what gives this spot its quirky

style; freshly baked cakes are placed on stands while

the daily blackboard specials live in gilt picture frames,

making it almost too charming for words.

The modern lighting contrasts with the bentwood

chairs and stripped back brick walls which create an

experience usually found on the streets of Europe.

The ultra-modern yet traditional interior sets the

scene for the efficient and friendly service, coupled

with simple food and rich, creamy coffee; even the

most skilled baristas talk about for days.

While Logan Road may be frustrating at times,

with the maze of road works and gravel sticking to new

summer thongs, Woolloongabba’s array of tall historical

buildings and quirky characters is quickly putting the

streets of Paddington and New Farm to shame.

There seems to be no better time to make the move

to the Southside.


the lion the bitch

and the wardrobe...

WORDS Jade Dunwoody

ILLUSTRATION Xenia Mazarakis

Dress is often the difference between grace and social

suicide. a solitary defining moment you’re standing in

front of your wardrobe,over-confident and bold...

YOUR shoulder angel is persuading you to reconsider, but your fortitude

to rebel is reigning. Your outfit is the mirror image of your mood;

ripped, torn, tragic rock. Lips are fire engine red and hair is teased to its

element. You’re a cross between rock chick and hobo. But later that day,

you run into a boss, a teacher or someone else of importance, and you’re

repulsed by your choice of dress. Your mood has changed and it fuels your

regret. Or perhaps you’re feeling confident and a little promiscuous, so you

shorten your dress in the freezing, cold winter. A little inconvenient and


When it comes to fashion, we’re often pushovers. It’s our mood that acts

as a catalyst for the forever-agonising dilemma, what was I thinking?

Expressive dressing - how you feel - is often reflective in what you wear.

Whether Mother Nature kicks in, your day takes a 360 or you’re simply

trapped in a faux pas, it’s your mood that’s the pillar. The lion, the bitch and

the influence on your wardrobe. There’s even a name for us. Mood dressers.

We’re feeling youthful, we accessorise. We’re feeling down, we wear dark

colours. The problem lies with later on and how you’ll feel then. What will

you be thinking? You’re feeling bright and energetic one moment, so your

outfit is bold and quirky. The next you’re having a fat day and wish you were

wearing a potato sack.

You’re feeling sophisticated before work, so you wear stockings and

corporate heels. The next moment, you’re deflated and wish you’d worn

ballet flats. You’re feeling elite. You’re wearing heels, a sequinned dress and

are carrying an oversized clutch. The next moment you’re walking the streets

in the middle of homeless central. You then feel ashamed of your choice.

Mood dressers, whether you’re a lion, a bitch or even a princess,

we all can relate to this. Our mood can influence colour, pattern, outfit

combinations and style. But most of all, our mood directs what we do and

how we feel, present and in the future.

It’s as simple as feeling confident to wear white pants after Labour Day.

The next thing you know, you’ve spilt lunch all over yourself.


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Aquarians can always be found in a

thrift store scouting interesting pieces

that don’t break the budget. Keep

make-up simple and shift the focus

with a statement headpiece.


Minimalists by nature, Virgos wear

comfortable and traditional styles. Don’t be

afraid to ditch the conservative look and

wear something daring that complements

your hot bod!


Scorpios are masters of disguise so think

bold statement jewellery with dark lips or

long and seductive false lashes.




Your trend adapts to your


You have an abundance of self

assurance which gives you the

confidence to parade the most daring

of trends. Stay true to your fiery

nature with a black and red ensemble

complemented with dramatic, smokey



Cancers are known to be as

Sagittarians dress for comfort, rocking the

oversized tee. Strong primary colours, a bit

of bronzer and tribal style jewellery will go

a long way.

attached to their clothing as they

are to their loved ones. Don’t be

afraid to have a garage sale, and

vamp up your image with the


Geminis live to try everything once,but

colours with classic pieces.


In the current financial

crisis, don’t be afraid

to visit op shops and

sacrifice that $200

Hermès scarf for a

vintage option, no one

will think any less of

surroundings and you feel you!

most comfortable in free

flowing clothes. Pisces should

complement their relaxed style

with earthy jewellery.

don’t get too distracted that you let your

mood dictate your style. Try to mix bold


Comfort comes last in Leo’s book. You

wouldn’t be caught dead wearing less than

the best. You love anything that draws

attention, so stay true to bright colours like

oranges and yellows.


Librans are known for their creative flair and innovative style. Keep

your clothing simple and express your true self through your unique

and timeless jewellery pieces.




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