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    Ellen Christian, designer and dressmaker

    Ellen Christian

    Designer and dressmaker
    Lissom Yarn

    What is your professional or training background?
    I completed the Bachelor of Design (Fashion Design) at the Canberra Institute of Technology.

    I have had professional experience in a range of fashion and costume areas, including catwalk choreography, parade styling co-ordination, design, costume making, theatre wardrobe work, and now I run my own fashion studio/retail space.

    What do you make, create or do?
    Women's wear: formal, bridal, everyday; all kinds of women's fashion that needs a personal touch.

    What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
    My passion is historical costume and I would like to ultimately complete a Masters in costume design and work overseas shortly.

    What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
    I relish challenges and enjoy being motivated by my work. I would really like to be more adept at the accounting side.

    List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
    + Polka Dot Bride, made me aware that there is a whole market of brides who want a more individual look.

    + Getup: young people doing bold things, politically.

    + Flavorwire (sic), they have a great and entertaining range of features on all kinds of pop culture and the arts, mostly American though.

    + the JC Report. My favourite place for fashion grabs. Their e-zine is precise and to the point; you can be abreast of the trends and not have to read Vogue et al, which I deplore.

    + My aunt and mother, both of whom have run successful business (café/music venue Tilleys Divine Café in Canberra, and interior design, architecture/portrait painting respectively,) for over 25 years, and raised families as well. They are creative and highly motivated women and they are my inspiration.

    Contact Ellen via lissom.yarn/at/gmail.com

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