Sunday, May 02, 2010

"Lisa Ho" opens Day 1/May 3rd 2010 at RAFW - Rosemount Australian Fashion Week



Show to be opened by Indigenous model and Vogue Australia covergirl Samantha Harris & closed by Australian supermodel Alyssa Sutherland at New South Wales Art Gallery at 09:00 AM.

Lisa Ho (born 1963) is an Australian fashion designer born in Albury, on the New South Wales and Victorian border.

She began sewing at age four inspired by her grandmother, a tailor, whom Ho says she 'probably drove mad'. Ho made patterns out of newspaper and by age 10 had a sewing machine at the end of the kitchen table 'that nobody was allowed to move,' which she used every day to make things for herself and four sisters. She later trained in fashion design at East Sydney Technical College, graduating in 1981 and spent a year working for another company, which she 'hated', before going out on her own.

Like many of Australia’s fashion designers, fresh out of college in 1982, Lisa Ho started her career at the Paddington markets with her designs that quickly brought her retail and media attention and began the Lisa Ho brand.

The Lisa Ho brand has continued to build into one of the most recognised brands in Australia and has a strong celebrity following with the signature pieces being worn by Delta Goodrem, Bec Cartwright, Sarah Wynter,Elle Macpherson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Olivia Newton-John and Jennifer Lopez. Her international reputation was first recognized during the Sydney 2000 opening ceremony, which featured a special Lisa Ho designed segment celebrating her role in Australian fashion. Lisa was also asked to design the gown worn by Olivia Newton-John for her performance to welcome the Olympic athletes. Ho now employs 70 staff, which doesn't include outworkers, who man 11 signature stores and head office. Her label is also stocked in more than 250 boutiques worldwide, and she is seriously thinking about opening a store in Los Angeles.

From the glamour gowns of Lisa Ho to the surreal seaside knits of Romance Was Born, injected some fun and fantasy into the mix of looks on offer at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.

Mrs Ho, who has a store at Marina Mirage shopping centre, said the Gold Coast and Queensland had shown strong support for her label and she hoped the trend would continue.

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