"Pick a fabric, any fabric and I will make you a dress." - Creative Director of Katari
This is a phrase the Founder of Katari uses often. She pulls together designs, colour and texture to create truly unique pieces for her clients. However, over the last 12 months she was eager to grow her label and make the shift from custom made one off pieces to a more accessible, yet sustainable brand.
Keeping her high-end quality and mindfulness for the environment, she will select a signature fabric, design from an indulgent era in her life and create a truly exclusive piece for your wardrobe.
At six years old she was sewing dolls clothes and pyjamas for her and her siblings, and by age ten she was tailoring suits for her mother to wear to work. In 1993 at the age of 16 she moved to Ireland with her family, and started her first job in a sewing factory for Micheal H. Working very hard long hours and getting paid $1.50hr she lasted about 6 months and decided just sewing wasn't for her. She followed this passion and pursued a degree in fashion design at the Grafton Academy for Fashion Design in Dublin, Ireland. After graduating, she worked in-house for O'Neils of Dublin, then moved onto Hobo, as an assistant designer for the skatewear brand. Continuing her love of fashion design, she gained employment on the design team for the global brand, Topshop. In 2007 she moved to Australia and continued further study at the Australian Institute of Creative Design.
Following her studies in Australia she began working for various independent fashion labels such as Sasha Drake, Luv Bridal and even working in costumes and props for Village roadshow. Shortly after she ventured into the Australian couture bridal industry, where she found her passion for making custom garments from high end materials.
Katari has been creating limited edition custom made gowns in Europe and Australia for the last 25 years. With our focus on feminine silhouettes inspired from art, sculpture and experiences from all over the globe. All garments are crafted with fine and exclusives materials. Creating luxurious, individual and timeless pieces that will become a sentimental part of your wardrobe and life.
Unique and unforgettable.