Fashion, design & sustainability // teacher / researcher / designer

The Beaudesert Collection

  In February 2015 I visited Beaudesert, Queensland to look at a large collection of clothing – pretty much everything owned by one lady her whole life. I saw crimplene trousers, printed frocks, tartan acrylics, nylon dresses and all manner of homemade and shop bought clothing from the 1940s to today. There were six or …

Selling sun, surf and fitness

Billabong and Lorna Jane are two powerhouse Australian lifestyle brands. In my article ‘Selling sun, surf and fitness: Queensland’s mass-market fashion’ for The Fashion Archives, I discuss the humble beginnings of each brand.

Paula Stafford

Last month I visited the Gold Coast and Hinterland Historical Society – Surfer’s Paradise, to view the Paula Stafford collection, kindly arranged by Nadia and Madeleine at The Fashion Archives. Australia and the swimsuit are a perfect fit, and in part that’s thanks to Gold Coast fashion designer Paula Stafford.   Stafford began designing swimwear …

Dr (of Philosophy)

Today I got the official pronouncement that I’m now Dr Alice Payne. Enormous thanks goes to my supervisor Tiziana and everyone else in Fashion (or formerly in Fashion) at QUT: Suzi, Kath, Kay, Dean, Jane. And biggest thanks to my family – they’re just glad it’s all over.  

First draft

 This is the first draft of my PhD. I carry it everywhere in my backpack, along with my laptop and a half dozen books. I’m like Christian in The Pilgrim’s Progress, worn down by my Burden. Though unlike Christian, I didn’t just pass through Vanity Fair – I’ve spent the past few years researching it. …

Oxford Conference

In colonial times, Australian women would eagerly await the latest fashion styles coming from Europe… During the 1980s – early 2000s, Australian designers and buyers could easily go across to Europe, buy the latest styles, and then adjust them for the Australian market a season later. It was very convenient having opposing seasons to the fashion …

Industry and Autonomy: what is sustainable fashion?

I participated in a panel discussion last night on fashion and sustainability, chaired by fellow PhD candidate Nadia Buick. On the panel were Paula Dunlop from QUT and the Stitchery, Samantha Hardman from Bento, Tess Curran from Peppermint Magazine and Joshua Jones from Jean Brown. (Photo: Alison Kubler)  

Goin’ Local

Last night I gave a talk at the Stitchery as part of their Goin’ Local theme for July. As I prepared for the talk I was reminded of what drew me to study fashion and textiles ages and ages ago. It all began in 1994 when I was fifteen and began making a patchwork quilt. …