Suzanne Brooks

Lawyer Suzanne Brooks has one of the most iconic collections of clothing and art in Brisbane. We were lucky to get a peek behind the doors of her exceptional wardrobe.

Suzanne Brooks in her signature glasses, wearing an Easton Pearson smock dress amongst her art collectionThe Fashion Archives

Suzanne Brooks is a Brisbane lawyer with a deep affection for the playful possibilities of dress. She is an avid collector and wearer of eclectic clothing, jewellery and accessories. She warmly invited us in to her home to view and discuss some of her favourite pieces, which are detailed with love and care in this recently recorded audio interview.

Suzanne’s tastes span old and new, high and low, bold and fine. She looks everywhere for fashion finds, from flea markets and pawn shops to boutiques and thrift stores. Suzanne is a loyal wearer of Easton Pearson, whose clothes she has been buying since their very early days. She values their use of fabrics, the timelessness of their designs, and their preference for loose silhouettes.

Suzanne is very particular about the length of her garments; preferring longer pieces. If she buys an item that is too short, she will customise it through the addition of a frill at the hem. Suzanne is a home sewer who makes her own clothes from fabrics she sources from a variety of places, including markets. She also recreates and embellishes vintage garments. She does not like ‘tailored clothes’, and says her skills don’t extend to creating close-fitting garments. She finds a loose fit better suited to her figure, and our hot Queensland climate.

Suzanne has crafted her personal aesthetic through the accumulation of what she calls ‘beautiful objects.’ While her wardrobe contains designer items, she is more likely to be drawn to an unusual fabric print or a scrap of colourful embroidery. With her passion for textiles, art and jewellery, Suzanne is always on the look out for a unique piece. Rather than shopping for a particular item, she instead prefers to ‘regularly and spontaneously shop’, meaning she always has a plentiful wardrobe to work with.

Suzanne Brooks in her New Farm apartment
Suzanne Brooks in her New Farm apartmentThe Fashion Archives
A collection of some of Suzanne's favourite jewellery, including the Julia deVille 'Pegasis brooch' (top left)
A collection of some of Suzanne's favourite jewellery, including the Julia deVille 'Pegasis brooch' (top left)The Fashion Archives
An Easton Pearson blue and white smock dress, accessorised by Suzanne with a Sass and Bide beaded shrug
An Easton Pearson blue and white smock dress, accessorised by Suzanne with a Sass and Bide beaded shrugThe Fashion Archives
A silk dress from Hong Kong, customised by Suzanne Brooks with a gathered silk frill
A silk dress from Hong Kong, customised by Suzanne Brooks with a gathered silk frillThe Fashion Archives
An arrangement of garments and fabrics that Suzanne loves, sourced from vintage stores and overseas markets
An arrangement of garments and fabrics that Suzanne loves, sourced from vintage stores and overseas markets The Fashion Archives
A selection of Suzanne's handbags; Prada raffia clutch, David Bromley bag, and ethnic satchel, photographed on an Hermes cashmere scarf
A selection of Suzanne's handbags; Prada raffia clutch, David Bromley bag, and ethnic satchel, photographed on an Hermes cashmere scarfThe Fashion Archives

Published in , on October 22, 2013.