“Collaborating with emerging Australian design talent keeps me in step with contemporary fashion, and has been one of my professional pathways since the 1980’s”says Rosie Boylan at hatsbyrosieboylan
In August last year I had a call from the Australian fashion label, Macgraw wanting some bespoke hats for their upcoming season. Sisters Tessa and Beth Macgraw sent through a series of links to images of their work and we set a date to meet.
I was just back from a grueling international travel schedule and wanted to connect back in OZ to working on home ground. This seemed a good lead to follow.
When they arrived at my studio in Australia St Newtown, we discussed their needs. They were surprised I had not looked at any of the links they had sent for me to verify their work, simply taking them on face value. Instinctively I liked these sisters.
We set about creating a series of hats based on equestrienne jockey helmets.
I trawled my hat block library and found a 1960’s crown shape to base the silhouette on. Then into pom pom making to finish the hats with a distinctive top knot.
I am delighted that 6 months later these girls have just won the Tiffany and Co National Designer Awards 2016. Congratulations Beth and Tessa.
The Macgraw sisters are already selling their clothing and headwear to international retailers in Europe, USA and Asia. Their designs speak a strong, feminine and elegant voice.
I am proud to be supportive of their vision and the Australian fashion industry in the international arena.
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