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Local designer adds new dimension to Canberra’s fashion scene

By milly_molly_mandy - 8 July 2009 24

Local Canberra designer Polly Stokes will soon be launching her exclusive fashion label Polbymade.  Polly’s label brings together over ten years experience in design with distinctive fabrics to create one-of-a-kind garments for wedding, formal and everyday wear.
 
Polly’s signature is the innovative use of traditional Japanese fabrics in contemporary designs.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Fashion Design from CIT in 2005, Polly lived in Japan for 18 months, immersing herself in the culture and expanding her knowledge of traditional and modern Japanese fashion.
 
Her extensive work with vintage Japanese textiles has led her to the exclusive use of high quality natural fabrics including silk, cotton and wool.
 
“After a number of years in the Canberra fashion industry, I am thrilled to be formally launching my new label and website,” says Polly, Polbymade’s creator and designer.  “I love sharing my passion for fabrics and design, especially Japanese materials and aesthetics, and with such a diverse design scene, Canberra is a unique and exciting place to work”.
 
To mark the launch of Polbymade, selected works will be on display at The Front Gallery and Café at Lyneham Shops will be open to the public from Wednesday 15 to Tuesday 20 July.
 
An official launch celebration will be held at The Front Gallery and Cafe on Thursday 16 July at 6.30pm.
 
Polbymade can also be seen at the Handmade Market, held quarterly at Albert Hall. “Handmade is very excited to be featuring the very clever Polly from Polbymade as part of our new Fashion Ally this September” says Handmade Market creative director Julie Nichols.
 
More information on Polbymade is available at www.polbymade.com.au.

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Local designer adds new dimension to Canberra’s fashion scene
Jim Jones 3:38 pm 09 Jul 09

It’s hard to break away from falling prey to thinking of the ‘default’ gender being male though. I’d be willing to bet that most people would assume that other posters are male (unless explicitly labelled otherwise). I must admit that I do it.

The same thing happens with babies: unless a baby is dressed in pink, everyone will assume it’s a boy.

Hells_Bells74 3:31 pm 09 Jul 09

Jim Jones said :

There are no girls on the internets.

Sorry just a few big girls blouses sometimes though. Yeah it certainly highlghts you should just imagine people to be sexless and think accordingly. I’m not great at the thinking accordingly bit but I will keep apologising for it when I’m out-of-line.

Hells_Bells74 3:19 pm 09 Jul 09

motleychick said :

In what world, is what the guy is wearing acceptable/ trendy or fashionable?

Come on. Be serious. I’m no Bruno, but I know what looks stupid.

3/4 pants? The 90’s are looking for you. Go back there..

+1

Good luck with the designs, I hope you do well! Not my style though.

Agreed.

Jim Jones 3:14 pm 09 Jul 09

There are no girls on the internets.

Hells_Bells74 3:03 pm 09 Jul 09

realityskin said :

ant is a girl ?

Oh at least I wasn’t the only one waylaid I see.

motleychick 2:49 pm 09 Jul 09

In what world, is what the guy is wearing acceptable/ trendy or fashionable?

Come on. Be serious. I’m no Bruno, but I know what looks stupid.

3/4 pants? The 90’s are looking for you. Go back there..

+1

Good luck with the designs, I hope you do well! Not my style though.

Clown Killer 2:48 pm 09 Jul 09

I’h with you Hugh. The top makes him look like he’s trying to dress like some sort of super-villan intent on taking over the world and the pant just make him look lie a tool.

Hugh Lews 1:59 pm 09 Jul 09

In what world, is what the guy is wearing acceptable/ trendy or fashionable?

Come on. Be serious. I’m no Bruno, but I know what looks stupid.

3/4 pants? The 90’s are looking for you. Go back there..

la mente torbida 1:14 pm 09 Jul 09

Is this ad paid for?

milly_molly_mandy 10:18 am 09 Jul 09

Fabforty – Thanks very much 🙂 no, he is not wearing a skirt, they are wide leg 3/4 pants, come along to the launch to see them on display.

realityskin 9:05 am 09 Jul 09

ant is a girl ?

ant 10:11 pm 08 Jul 09

OK, but, I wish we’d had the internet in the 80s. So many wonderful local designers came and went. There was a shop in Kingston called Perouche, run by 2 girls who’d done the TAFE design course and their clothes were just amazing. Post-punk early 80s things with weird hemlines, layers, colours and textures. I’ve kept all the things I got from them (size 8s, I can’t believe I ever wore that size), as I think they’re art. And I always had fun wearing them.

Handmademarket 6:57 pm 08 Jul 09

Just beautiful, Polly has the most beautiful designs I have seen for ages. I think we will be seeing more of her designs around town.

Well done Polly

fabforty 5:58 pm 08 Jul 09

Gorgeous dress but…..is the guy wearing a skirt ?

knuckles 4:21 pm 08 Jul 09

You can drink your cordial now

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