The Funk of Fashion
Lilla Gagliano of Kaninda Designs has certainly thrown herself into the love and business of fashion.
Having armed herself with knowledge and practicalities of a Clothing Production course for the past 3 years Lilla certainly has the know how to support her business.
However it is her designs that truly speak for her talent.
Kaninda is a label aimed at women between the ages of 18 to 30. The designs are quirky and “funked up.” Each piece shows her indigenous background but has an appeal to the general market.
Her designs hark back to the naturalistic, landscape colours of Australia. But even with these traditional inspirations Lilla’s designs speak to a generation with a fun loving attitude. Someone who enjoys getting into mischief and is always looking for excitement.
Lilla has displayed her designs at the Lions Fenacle Festival held in Karratha 2003 and at the Say It Loud Youth Festival held in Dampier 2004. These parades led Lilla to being commissioned by the Karratha Youth Housing Project and the Police and Citizens Youth Club to design and outfit 15 bodies for a grooming and deportment modelling program.
Lilla has also been interviewed by GWN News in regards to her up and coming design career.
Currently Lilla is participating in the TCF Australia Business Skill Project run by the TCFWA Inc.
There are thousands of women living in isolated and regional areas of Australia with innovative ideas or with a business in the TCF or creative industries. The Textile Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of WA (TCF WA) recognised the hardships involved for these women and decided to do something about it.
TCF Australia Uncovered Business Skills project was launched on the 7th of July 2004 and has scheduled a series of events that run from August 2004 to November 2005. These activities will be held from far North and South WA, Darwin, Alice Springs, Geelong and Hobart and also in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. These activities have been scheduled to coincide with such fashion events as Fashion Exposed, Mercedes Australian Fashion Week, the Australian Fashion Awards and Perth Fashion Festival.
Designedge - TCF Australia Uncovered launched in 2003 as a trade exhibition staged in Perth to provide a showcase of fashion design talent from independent designer operators. In 2004, the TCF Australia Uncovered Business Skills project will concentrate on uncovering design talent in remote and regional Australia and provide business skills development in the form of online mentoring, specialist workshops, networking and business matching opportunities. A focus of the project will be directed to indigenous, multicultural and young women.
TCF Australia Uncovered Business Skills project is an Australian Government Funded service under the Small Business Enterprise Culture Program and is supported by the TCFWA Inc., Belmont Business Enterprise Centre Inc. (BBEC) , M.D.F.I, WA Office of Multicultural Interests, C.T.I. NT, N.T.F.A. and Business Professional Women WA
For more information on Kaninda please contact:
Media Contact: Lilla Gagliano
Phone 08 9187 0437
For more information on designedge fashion incubator project contact:-
Carol Hanlon Ph: 08 9479 3777 Mobile: 0417 963 231