Padbury fashion designer Tex Montana finds new direction in music

Fashion designer and Padbury resident Tex Montana.
Fashion designer and Padbury resident Tex Montana.

AFTER 13 years in the fashion industry, Padbury resident Tex Montana decided it was time for a new direction.

Channeling her creativity into costume and production design for film and television, she soon found herself in demand.

“I have an advanced diploma in fashion design and associate degree in fashion business and have worked in the fashion industry for 13 years,” she said. “At the end of last year, I decided to go in a different direction and began working in the film and television industry as a costume and production designer.

“I have been lucky enough to already have worked on two short films, an advert and a music video.”

Her experience makes her a good choice to design the costumes for new rock opera The Diments.

The brain-child of Perth musician and sound engineer, Ron Keshet, The Diments is a heavy metal concept album of operatic proportions.

Fifteen months in the making, the album was recorded almost entirely in Keshet’s lounge room. It features 20 professional musicians from classic orchestras, jazz, rock and metal bands along with singers from rock, opera and musical theatre backgrounds.

The Diments has attracted about 7000 followers on social media and is set to hit the stage in February 2017.

“The nature of the show allows me to design based on my wildest rock star fantasies – create something elaborate and theatrical whilst maintaining a badass feel all the way through,” Montana said.

She is also a part of an all-women production team that received funding this year to shoot a short film, Barcode.

The Diments album was launched early June, and is online. Visit www. keshet