As­taire way to fash­ion

Cockburn Gazette - - FASHION - Sara Fitz­patrick

A QUOTE from Fred As­taire res­onated with lo­cal de­signer Hen­ri­etta Gro­chowski so pro­foundly she took it as the name of her fash­ion la­bel.

Gin­ger Never Cries, re­fer­ring to As­taire's leg­endary dance part­ner Gin­ger Rogers, will launch at the Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val.

“Fred As­taire was known for his per­fec­tion­ism and worked the girls re­ally hard,” the up-and-com­ing Perth de­signer said.

“He com­mented: Gin­ger Rogers was amaz­ing, she never missed a beat, and 'Gin­ger never cries'.

“I like the sen­ti­ment of work­ing hard and get­ting back up and just get­ting on and mak­ing it; and I'm a red­head as well so that works for me.”

Gro­chowski car­ries the vin­tage feel of the golden age of Hollywood into her de­sign style.

“There is def­i­nitely a clas­sic-ness about it,” she said.

“I'm very in­spired by by­gone eras: I was re­ally into the ’50s for a while and now I'm en­joy­ing the Deco pe­riod.

“I think to move for­ward you have to look back and ap­pre­ci­ate what has gone be­fore and then put your own new spin on it.”

Shak­ing things up with her unique take, the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal buyer turned de­signer treats most of her fab­ric with liq­uid sil­i­cone.

“It's nor­mally used for boat mak­ing and cre­at­ing things like moulds so it's a very manly, in­dus­trial ma­te­rial but then I squeeze it on to the fab­rics and at­tach things to it like beads and lace,” Gro­chowski ex­plained.

“Then it changes how I have to de­sign so the seam lines are quite dif­fer­ent and some of my gar­ments don't have any stitch­ing; it's all held to­gether by the sil­i­cone it­self.”

Orig­i­nally from the UK, Gro­chowski moved to Aus­tralia in 2015 for a chance to “change things up”.

From one lit­tle sewing class she went on to study fash­ion and started a jour­ney she wasn't ex­pect­ing.

Eight of her Deco-in­spired looks, com­pris­ing gloves, crop jack­ets, trench­coats, blaz­ers and skirts, will show­case at Gen­er­a­tion Next on Septem­ber 12.

In its 21st year, the Fes­ti­val is de­liv­ered by Fash­ion Coun­cil WA for the first time.

It runs from Septem­ber 5-15 and in­cludes pop-up fash­ion and beauty events at City of Perth Fash­ion Cen­tral, run­way shows at Fash­ion Paramount and in­dus­try fo­rum events at Quay Perth. Tick­ets are avail­able through Tick­etek.

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