Featured Designer: Gillian Tennant

FK chats to Sydney based fashion designer, Gillian Tennant.

Tell us about your beautiful fashion label.
Each season I create a capsule collection of limited edition hand-finished pieces for women with an emphasis on softness, femininity and beautiful quality. The Gillian Tennant label is available online at www.gilliantennant.com and at selected boutiques.

What is your background and when did you start your own label?

I started my working life in advertising but that wasn’t my dream and after a few years I left to follow my real passion – fashion design. As long as I can remember I always wanted to design for my own label – so I started designing under my name in my second year of fashion college. I began selling my pieces at Paddington markets and went from there!

What is the most exciting & most challenging thing about running your own business?

Most exciting – Seeing a girl looking and feeling beautiful in one of the pieces from my collection always gives me a huge buzz.
Challenging – Maintaining an unwavering belief in yourself and your creativity.

What is inspiring you this season?

Longer hem lines, muted colours, simplicity.

What do you love about living & working in Sydney?


Where would you like to take the label in 2011?
My next big goal is to increase awareness of the label on an international level.


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