GRAND DESIGNS: Mia Brennan of Mimi Designs will feature at Australian Indigenous Fashion Week.
GRAND DESIGNS: Mia Brennan of Mimi Designs will feature at Australian Indigenous Fashion Week. Doug Eaton

Local designer showcases work at Indigenous fashion week

BYRON Bay fashion designer Mia Brennan started sewing as a teenager. Now she is preparing to show her garments at the inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week.

Brennan, 34, moved to the Northern Rivers from Sydney when she was 18.

Her ancestral roots are with the Kamilaroi people of North Western NSW, but it was in the inner city of Sydney that she first discovered her passion for fashion design.

"I used to collect off-cuts and scraps from the fusers and cutters of Surry Hills and I would make bags," she said. "I always wanted to make things."

After studying Fine Arts at Southern Cross University, Brennan worked at Planet Corroboree Aboriginal art gallery in Byron Bay while launching fashion label Mimi Designs.

"I would make clothes from upcycled fabrics and people would ask to buy them off my back," Brennan said.

In 2009 she was named Byron Bay's Voyeur Designer of the Year and was then approached by the organisers of what will be the first Australian Indigenous Fashion Week.

The fashion extravaganza will be held in Sydney in April.

"It's huge and daunting and exciting," Brennan said.

Brennan will exhibit contemporary gowns in the show made from natural fabrics such as silk, cotton and wool which she transforms using natural dying methods.

"My designs are inspired by the North Coast landscape. I want my garments to feel floaty and free, strong and feminine," she said.

Visit www.mimidesigns.com.au to see Mia's designs.



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