TEAGAN Cowlishaw was one of several Perth designers to have their work shine on a national scale at Sunday night’s 59th Logie Awards.
Cowlishaw’s label AARLI was part of a green carpet challenge, dressing The Secret Daughter’s Bonnie Sveen in a two-piece eco-couture gown.
Cowlishaw said she was honoured to dress Sveen, who had approached her after seeing some of her pieces online.
“I felt a bit out of my element at the beginning, being a streetwear brand and having never had exposure to red carpet events,” she said.
“Those nerves have me wanting to show that my brand can be more than an apparel label.”
Sveen said she had an idea of what she wanted to wear and wanted to work with Cowlishaw.
“Since the start of the year I had an image of a dark, edgy but serene and elegant dress floating in my mind… and I knew Teagan and AARLI held the key,” Sveen said.
“AARLI made it happen in under three weeks, despite the distance from Perth to Sydney.
“Although we’d not seen each other, I’d been following AARLI’s growth for years.
“I adored the concept of collaborating with her to create a design that radiates with the influence and wisdom of her Bardi roots. Plus I could see she has an eye for glove-fitting sexiness and I wanted to get amongst that.
“Working with AARLI on this project has been exciting since day dot and I am honoured to be stepping on the red carpet as Teagan’s Urban Warrioress for the night.”
Cowlishaw, whose designs have also been worn by actor Miranda Tapsell, said she hoped the national platform would generate exposure for indigenous brands within the Australian fashion industry.
“I am hoping the media coverage of our stories will encourage other Aboriginal designers to follow their dreams and that with perseverance, dedication and commitment, anything can be possible,” she said.
Other Perth designers represented on the red carpet included Jessica Bratich, Keiko Uno, Three Anjewels and Steph Audino.