Issue 4: Editors' Letter

Dear TFA Readers,

Private collections are usually hidden treasures that few get a chance to see, but we promised to take you on a tour through the major, the small, and the personal collections around the state. So we are very excited to present a glimpse into one of Australia’s most interesting and idiosyncratic private collections; the home and studio of renowned artists, Barbara Heath and Malcolm Enright. What’s so fascinating about their collection is that it is a working resource for design inspiration; it is not just a series of beautiful objects.

While Barbara and Malcolm bring the world of design in to their home and studio, Professor Suzi Vaughan aims to take design to the world of learning and teaching. Suzi is best known for establishing the fashion course at QUT, and she joined us for an exclusive interview.

Also in this Issue, we are excited to bring a non-design perspective as writer Rowena Grant-Frost pens a response to a curious image. And finally, Amanda Hayman picks up where she left off in Issue 3, bringing us up to speed with contemporary Indigenous design.

For those of you who are just joining us, our brief introductory essay will provide you with all you need to know about The Fashion Archives project. And you can always catch up by browsing our past issues.

See you next fortnight!

Nadia & Madeleine

Nicholas Donlen, Bush Couture, 2009

Contemporary Indigenous Fashion: An Interview with Amanda Hayman

Amanda Hayman

Following on from ‘A Brief Redress of Indigenous Fashion’ in Issue 3, Amanda Hayman takes us through the themes, ideas & aesthetics shaping contemporary Indigenous fashion.

Barbara Heath Malcolm Enright collection feature image

Malcolm Enright & Barbara Heath

One of the most interesting and important private collections in Queensland opened its doors to inspire The Fashion Archives.

Alice Mills (Pills) as Topsy Twinkle Toes on lawn of Women's College, Kangaroo Point, undated (detail)

Rowena Grant-Frost and Fryer Library

Writer Rowena Grant-Frost crafts a poignant story based on an image selected from the Fryer Library collection.

Maison Briz Vegas label

Maison Briz Vegas

Maison Briz Vegas explain why French rubbish makes for the perfect subtropical fashion.

Malcolm Enright, 2006

Malcolm Enright

Artist and collector Malcolm Enright breaks down his relationship to style decade by decade.

Chelsea De Luca

Chelsea De Luca

Jeweller Chelsea De Luca reflects on the role of history in her work as a constant reference point for contemporary design.

Rowena Grant-Frost

Rowena Grant-Frost

Brisbane writer Rowena Grant-Frost shares her love of fashion vocabulary. Rickrack and gingham, anyone?

Suzi Vaughan, 2013

Suzi Vaughan

Suzi Vaughan tells the story of setting up Queensland’s first university fashion course and suggests why Brisbane appreciates flamboyant style more than London.

Gwen Gillam, detail of a dress with detachable beaded collar, ca. 1960s

Gwen Gillam

Gwen Gillam was regarded as Queensland’s leading dressmaker in the 1950s and 1960s, revered for her glamorous style and use of couture techniques.

Postcard of Ipswich buildings and scenes, Ipswich, ca. 1910


TFA’s People & Places is your road-map to the key sites, figures, and scenes that have shaped fashion in Queensland from the late 19th century onwards. In Issue Four we take you to Ipswich.