Issue 9: Editors' Letter

Dear TFA Readers,

After a restful and sun-filled break, we’re thrilled to officially kick-off our 2014 program with a return to our fortnightly magazine.

2013 was a big year for us!

Between August and December we lovingly produced 8 Issues of The Fashion Archives online publication with the support of Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council and an incredible network of artists, designers, historians, and institutions. In our first four months we reached thousands of readers, profiled the work of 42 Queensland-based designers and experts, and connected with 31 collections and institutions.

This year we are thrilled to announce that Arts Queensland has doubled their support of our project! That means we’ve got lots in store for you, kicking off right now with Issue 9.

This fortnight we turn our attention to mass-market Queensland fashion brands, Lorna Jane and Billabong, with a fascinating Fashion Smarts written by Alice Payne. We also look to the past and explore the work of significant Queensland commercial artist Olive Ashworth, whose textile designs continue to influence our state’s aesthetics.

And as always we’ve caught up with an array of local fashion figures, including Christie Nicolaides, Kimberly Gardner and George Wu, plus we bring you an exclusively recorded interview with popular media personality Marie-Louise Theile.

There’s plenty more reading too, including a Remember or Revive featuring our very own graphic and web designer, Patrick King, as well as a peek inside one of the state’s largest fashion collections, the Templin House of Fashion.

See you next fortnight!

Nadia & Madeleine.

Image credit: Holidaymakers sitting at an outside cafe, Surfers Paradise, 1958. Arthur Leebold, photographer. Gold Coast Libraries, Local Studies Library.

Billabong Pro, Mundaka, Spain, 2009

Selling surf, sun, and fitness: Queensland’s mass-market fashion

Alice Payne

Two powerhouse brands, Billabong and Lorna Jane, take the quintessential Queensland lifestyle to the world stage.


Templin House of Fashion

Peak inside one of Queensland’s largest fashion collections.

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Patrick King & George Symons

An abandoned suit factory inspires an illustration of a Brisbane menswear institution.

Patrick King, 2014

Patrick King

TFA web designer and artist Patrick King on fashion and Devo.

George Wu

George Wu

George Wu brings old world style, fabrics, and techniques to contemporary Queensland fashion.

Kimberly Gardner

Kimberly Gardner

Kimberly Gardner shares her go-to sources for local and international style inspiration.

Christie Nicolaides

Christie Nicolaides

Stylist Christie Nicolaides shares her tips on enjoying European-style luxury in the Queensland heat.

Marie-Louise Theile

Marie-Louise Theile

Brisbane born Marie-Louise Theile is a well known media personality, journalist, cultural advocate and manager of the James Street Initiative. She has had a love of fashion since a young age, influenced by her stylish mother Maureen Kistle, crowned Miss Australia 1956.

Tropical rainforest illustration for textiles design, Olive Ashworth, ca.1955-1965

Olive Ashworth

Olive Ashworth’s textile designs used Queensland flora and fauna to create an original aesthetic for Australia. In turn, her work has helped define modern Queensland.

Longreach May Races, Queensland, 1934

Central West Queensland

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 Nine we take you to Central West Queensland.