Creative Jobs: Gabby Olivier, Fashion Designer
If you open up this year’s Telstra Perth Fashion Festival program it’s hard to miss the full page photo of model Lily Hutchinson wearing what could be described as one of the most memorable outfits of this year’s Festival.
A creation most would associate with a seasoned designer, but hidden away in the corner of the page is the photo’s credit revealing TAFE graduate Gabby Olivier’s label Testaferrata.
“It was amazing to see the face of the Festival wear my coat, especially in such a great shoot with fabulous creatives. I felt so honoured and proud to be part of the program, especially as an emerging designer,” Ms Olivier said.
The 36-year-old has been designing clothes since her teenage years but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she decided to get serious. “Fashion has always been my calling and I thought now was the time to do it.”
Gabby who has recently completed her studies at TAFE in fashion design and merchandising, is one to watch out for. The rising star was a part of last year’s Future Runway but this year was chosen to showcase a collection of looks for the New Generation Runway at Fashion Paramount.
“This collection was inspired by dating apps Bumble and Tinder, and was all about embracing the new world of dating.”
As an emerging designer Gabby said it was the support of the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival, which has helped her along her journey. “The TPFF is of such a high standard and to be a part of such a professional event is invaluable for an emerging designer.
“Festival organisers were so good checking in on my progress for the show and I had a lot of input behind the scenes such as attending model castings and runway rehearsals, it truly is an unbelievable opportunity.”
Gabby will now launch her label off the back of her success at this year’s Festival.
“The opportunity and exposure has been fantastic and I’m really happy with the outcome, it has been the perfect platform to launch my collection to media and potential buyers.
“It would be incredibly difficult to do this without the Festival,” Ms Olivier said.