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.

Marie-Claire James Street Up Late, featuring Gail Sorronda and Optiko, 2013Justin Nicholas Photography

Marie-Louise Theile is perhaps best known as a journalist and media personality. She worked as a news presenter for Channel Ten for over fifteen years, during which time she presented Ten News at Five to Brisbane audiences for over ten years.

Marie-Louise got her start in news media as a cadet journalist at The Sun, based in Fortitude Valley. It was during this time that she secured a coveted internship at international fashion magazine, Elle, in New York. This opportunity led to her being employed by the magazine for two years, thus combining her interest in fashion and style with a love of journalism. This continued after her return to Australia, when she worked on magazines such as Cleo, then edited by Ita Buttrose. As she discusses here, her interest in fashion was undoubtedly influenced by her mother, Maureen Kistle, a Toowoomba beauty who was crowned Miss Australia 1956 and maintained a lifelong dedication to good quality and classically styled garments.

Since leaving her Ten News post in 2007, Marie-Louise has strengthened her involvement in the local fashion and arts scenes in a variety of roles. She is currently President of the IMA (Institute of Modern Art) Board, and since 2010 has headed the James Street Initiative, where she manages the marketing and PR for Brisbane’s James Street retail and business precinct.

In 2010 Marie-Louise was also appointed by the Queensland Government to produce a platform for the promotion of Queensland fashion designers to international markets, known as HEAT. In this interview she raises some of the successes and challenges of such a project, while also reflecting on the strengths of local fashion designers, including Easton Pearson, Chelsea De Luca, Paula Walden, Gail Sorronda and The Cloakroom.


Marie-Louise's mother, Maureen Kistle, during her reign as Miss Australia, 1956
Marie-Louise's mother, Maureen Kistle, during her reign as Miss Australia, 1956Image courtesy of Marie-Louise Theile
Maureen Kistle at Channel Nine, late 1950's
Maureen Kistle at Channel Nine, late 1950'sImage courtesy of Marie-Louise Theile
Marie Claire James Street Up Late, 2013
Marie Claire James Street Up Late, 2013Justin Nicholas Photography

Published in , on February 25, 2014.