Sveen’s green num­ber

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - By BELINDA CIPRIANO

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.

Ac­tress Bon­nie Sveen on the Lo­gie’s red car­pet.

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