Paula Stafford

Paula Stafford and a model wearing a bikini ca. 1955, Surfers Paradise. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg: 151506 Paula Stafford and a model wearing a bikini ca. 1955, Surfers Paradise. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg: 151506

One of the biggest names in Queensland fashion in the 20th century is bikini designer Paula Stafford. We wrote about her in Issue 11 of The Fashion Archives. When we started the High Street Histories project, we made a fascinating discovery that linked her with photographer Henry Talbot and comedian Spike Milligan, but we never thought we’d have an opportunity to interview this incredible designer in person. Now in her 90s and still living on the Gold Coast, we spoke with Paula about how she got her start, what defines a bikini and how the Gold Coast became the centre for mid-century fashion in Queensland. Click here for the interview.