What’s your vintage? We get the lowdown from local designers

Currently exhibiting at the Gold Coast City Gallery, Coming Into Fashion offers a unique glimpse into the world of iconic fashion photography and vintage pieces, as well as a selection of Fashion on Film and seminars with some of the industry’s best and brightest. In celebration of this special cultural event, we decided to chat to a few local designers and get the lowdown on their feelings about vintage fashion. We asked:


If you could bring back one past fashion trend, what would it be and why?


 AKAZI is a mother daughter clothing brand located on the Gold Coast, creating thoughtfully designed, ethically produced garments from natural, plant based fabrics; – lasting slow fashion.

“I would bring back the elegance of fashion in the thirties, forties and fifties. The golden Hollywood era evoked a sense of sophistication with simple elegant lines and beautiful flattering silhouettes designed to celebrate the female body. The clothing was made to last, with luxurious fabrics and a quality of craftsmanship that we aspire to. We would like to think we take the essence of what that era represented; the timeless elegance and simple lines to create a lasting wardrobe for today’s women.”

  • Tracey Barker, Co-Founder and Creative Designer


JbK Designs (Jewellery by Kim) is a Gold Coast based jewellery label. Their catchphrase has always been “Everyday pieces for the woman who doesn’t want to be everyday”.

“Wow! What past fashion trend would I bring back? Growing up in the 70’s, I know what I wouldn’t bring back! Very tragic fashion era that one.  But I have to say I’m a huge fan of bell bottoms. Bell bottoms were first worn by the US Navy, making it easier for them to roll up their trousers and keep them out of the water.  Fashion wise, they were usually skin tight to the knees then flared out very wide.  As for a jewellery trend, I’ve always been a huge fan of the choker.  Bell bottoms and a choker, hell yeah!”

  • Kim Hurst, Owner and Designer


Tall Poppy Surf is ready-to-surf swimwear designed and handmade on the Sunshine Coast using Lycra made from recycled materials.

“I would bring back the Afro because I could rock a really good one and when it was in fashion in the 60’s it symbolised rebellion, pride and empowerment.  It was very anti conservative and I think we need that in our society now more than ever.”

  • Poppy Kaalund, Owner


OneThing is an ethical clothing label providing quality, affordable basics to contemporary women and babies, Made from 100% bamboo cotton, all pieces are designed in beautiful Byron Bay and lovingly handmade by a talented sister duo in Indonesia.

“I would always bring back the 1960’s A-line mini skirt. This trend has kind of tiptoed in and out of fashion since the 60’s but I think it should be a staple in every girl’s wardrobe. It flatters every different female body type and form. My go to colour choice is white for that ultimate 1960’s vibe!”

  • Stephanie Batchelor, Creative Director/Founder


Briana Thompson is a textile/graphic designer based on the Gold Coast, with qualifications and a background in textiles/graphics for swimwear and fashion.

“I am a big fan of the 60’s & 70’s fashion and have loved the revival of these eras in our fashion recently.  So as these have already been redone recently, I think I would bring back the Studio 54 style, with glam rock disco, which was championed by the likes of Cher and Farrah Fawcett and featured in the early Bond movies. This would include metallic fabrics, rich gem tones in shiny fabrics, big hair – even bigger shoes, and the whole style being completely glamorous and OTT.”

  • Briana Thompson


Love St is the ‘love child’ of Gold Coast designer Tara Fletcher, inspired the the floral prints, colour and femininity of the 70s.

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“I would bring back terry towelling (and if you can imagine it with retro palm tree airbrushing). It’s comfy and stretchy and straight out of the 70s. Actually working on that now.”

  • Tara Fletcher, Owner/Designer


Coming Into Fashion runs at the Gold Coast City Gallery until 18 February. Visit theartscentregc.com.au for full program and ticketing information.

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