Naturally the best innovator in colour

GROUNDED DESIGN: Mia Brennan from Mimi Designs showed her work on the runway at the Australian Indigenous Fashion Week held at Sydney Town Hall this month.
GROUNDED DESIGN: Mia Brennan from Mimi Designs showed her work on the runway at the Australian Indigenous Fashion Week held at Sydney Town Hall this month. HAMISH GREGORY

USING fabrics coloured by being buried in the earth, Byron Bay fashion designer Mia Brennan's gowns were among those featured at the first Australian Indigenous Fashion Week held at Sydney Town Hall earlier this month.

The 34-year-old designer spent the past six months preparing for the show and has since been approached by stockists in Sydney wanting to sell her coming summer collection.

Mia describes the collection she put together for the runway event as "airy, but earthy" and was inspired by the local environment.

"I wanted the designs to be a reflection of the beauty we see every day in Byron Bay; to draw from our environment and replicate it."

Some of Mia's fabric designs were created by first looming together sticks and feathers onto organic cotton, which was photographed and then turned into a pattern repeat by graphic artist Seaneen Kelly. Other dresses featured silk that had been buried in the earth and another print of a copper wire and stick design mimicked the appearance of owl feathers and models wore head pieces by local jewellers, Ghost and Lola.

Since returning from Sydney to Byron Bay, the designer said she was now working on ready-to-wear pieces that can be sold both online and in new stockists she is negotiating with in Bondi, Sydney.

"It was a huge honour to be a part of the show - an amazing experience. The production was beautiful and Sydney Town Hall felt like an incredible ballroom."

Mia has previously shown her work in Melbourne and in 2009 she was named Byron Bay's Voyeur Designer of the Year.

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Some of Mia Brennan's designs on the catwalk:

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