SIS­TER ACT

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BY ANY­ONE’S MEA­SURE, 2016 was a good year for Tessa and Beth Mac­graw. The sis­ters’ epony­mous la­bel, mac­graw, took out the Tif­fany & Co. Na­tional De­signer Award, foll­wed by the BT Emerg­ing Fash­ion De­signer Award,then theaus­tralia/new Zealand re­gion in the In­ter­na­tion­al­wool­mark Prize — also known as the holy trin­ity of fash­ion-de­sign prizes in Aus­tralia. Next up, they show­cased their re­sort 2017 col­lec­tion at Mercedes-benz Fash­ion Week Aus­tralia to glow­ing re­views and were picked up by David Jones, Moda Operandi and Far­fetch. Like we said, a pretty good year.

“We weren’t ex­pect­ing all this,” Beth ad­mits from the mac­graw stu­dio in Dar­linghurst, Sydney. “The in­dus­try and in­ter­na­tional ac­cep­tance of the brand has been very sur­real.” Sur­real seems like an ap­pro­pri­ate word, see­ing as the girls (along with their mum and dad) were still per­son­ally pack­ing ev­ery sin­gle online and whole­sale or­der un­til “very” re­cently.“the fo­cus is now on bring­ing peo­ple into the busi­ness who can do things like that for us,”tessa says. “We are learn­ing to del­e­gate and let go a lit­tle.”

The sis­ters, who al­ready count tastemak­ers Natalie Joos and Pan­dora Sykes and su­per­model Coco Rocha as fans, made their en­trance onto the world stage in Jan­uary this year, fly­ing to Paris to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia/new Zealand in the In­ter­na­tional Wool­mark Prize. There, they were judged by a panel that in­cluded Dame Natalie Massenet, singer and muse Lou Doil­lon and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham — an­other ex­pe­ri­ence they can only de­scribe as sur­real.

When I speak to the sis­ters they are work­ing all hours on re­sort 2018, which will de­but at Mercedes-benz Fash­ion Week Aus­tralia this month. This col­lec­tion is about push­ing the bound­aries, not only in de­sign tech­nique, but also in per­son­nel: it fea­tures a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the em­broi­der­ers at the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion of New South Wales.“over the last six months we have be­come more in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing unique fab­rics and in­no­vat­ing new tech­niques,” Beth says,“and I think you’ll see that evo­lu­tion at our fash­ion week show.”

Af­ter tak­ing out a slew of top de­sign prizes last year, Tessa and Beth Mac­graw of Aus­tralian la­bel-on-the-rise MAC­GRAW are gear­ing up for an even big­ger 2017 From top: mac­graw A/W 2017 in their Wool­mark shoot; the de­sign­ers; mac­graw A/W 2017 look­book.

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