Fashion designer branches out

When she was asked to enter a clothing fashion design competition in Byron Bay, Mia Brennan (pictured) had no idea that she would win over 11 other local designers to become 'The Voyeur' designer of the year 2009.

“A lady in a shop in Byron said I would get a lot out of the show if I entered it,” Mia said. With only a month to prepare for the fashion showcase, Mia prepared 124 design pieces for the catwalk and had a friend help her with the printing.

“I entered a variety of jumpsuits, goddess skirts and bridal outfits in different styles,” she said. “I live in jumpsuits I've designed. Mine are modern, earthy and timeless, not like the ones from the 70's.”

Mia's love of fashion began when she was a teenager, making clothes with her mum's help. Now, with a Visual Arts degree behind her, Mia uses her artistic talent to create unique clothing from a mixture of new and recycled fabrics with antique touches.

“I worked in retail fashion for years,” said Mia. “I used to wear the clothes I'd made and people used to ask me where I got my clothes from.”

A year ago, Mia started her own fashion label 'Mimi' and opened a shop 'The Mimi Tree' in the Lismore Star Court Arcade. “It pays to stay in the same spot for more than a year,” Mia said, “People get to know where you are and keep coming back. I get requests from people to custom make clothes for them.”

“I was pretty stoked to win the competition trophy over a lot of other good designers,” Mia said. “It's given me the encouragement to keep going.”


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