Designer Profile: Tina Kalivas
After working for Alexander McQueen in London, Tina Kalivas launched her label and developed a reputation for design which is colourful, tailored and detailed
Tina Kalivas is a Greek-Australian fashion designer who launched her label at Australian Fashion Week in 2002.
Her modern and contemporary style is highly covetable and since her launch she has enjoyed huge success, with her brand being sold in a number of boutiques around the world including London, Paris, Tokyo and Dubai.
Many of her designs favour draping and colourful, vivid detailing, and she has gained popularity through the originality of her panelling, seams and her shaped tailoring that creates a natural and yet structured silhouette.
Kalivas took her first patternmaking class at the age of 14 and then relocated to London for eight years, where she studied Ladies Period Underwear at the London College of Fashion before working under fashion great Alexander McQueen as a seamstress and pattern cutter.
he also worked at the costume house Angels and Bermans which lead her being commissioned to design and construct costumes for several films. Most notably she designed a number of costumes for Baz Lurhman's, Australia, and created eight couture gowns for the James Bond film, Die Another Day.
Kalivas has also created an exclusive collection for fashion brand Kookai and designed the uniforms for the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.
Ethnicity always features strongly as a theme throughout her collections. At L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion week in 2009 she received praise for her exciting African patterns and geometric shapes, meticulous folding and colourful prints.
In 2010 the theme continues with plenty of her trademark bright detailing, draping and structured tailoring.
Each Kalivas collection has a story to tell and along with her bold and quirky tailoring, this makes her a truly exciting and truly innovative local designer.
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