Julie Tengdahl released her 2011 spring/summer collection, Pacific Princess, at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in Brisbane.

Inspired by observations of tribal life in the Pacific region, Julie said the collection “rediscovers the modern ‘tribal woman’ within; supported by her sisterhood, connected to an indigenous wisdom, practical and desirable”.

“From the Pacific Islands through to the big cities of the world, women adorn themselves as part of their cultural identity, and I was captivated by the way clothing represents our relationship with the environment and community,” Julie said.

The collection merges traditional elements such as bold, colourful silk sarongs, shell breastplates and beaded weavings with vibrant injections of aqua, electric blue, green and shell, lace and sequin embellishments on French lace and Italian jersey.

“Whether it be an escape to a local beach hideaway or an exotic overseas getaway, I wanted to create a series of designs that would evoke indulgent fantasies of sun, sand, salt water and castaway romance,” Julie said.

Pacific Princess’ catwalk debut will be followed by a week of designer days at Tengdahl’s Emporium, Brisbane Arcade and Indooroopilly stores, hosted by Julie and open to the public by appointment, by calling 3257 0569.


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