Fashionable pedigree

The Arcade’s current assembly of fashion designers who design, manufacture and retail here in Brisbane – many from workrooms within the Arcade – include Darb Couture, Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Maiocchi, Pia du Pradal and Tengdahl Australia.  These leading Australian fashion designers lead trends in racewear, evening wear, smart casual and couture.

Each of these designers work tirelessly on their designs, silhouettes, fabrics and patterns while workrooms buzz constantly creating new season collections and bespoke or couture creations.

In these celebrated salons, you may be able to meet the designer themselves to discuss your particular sartorial needs. Creating fashion in Brisbane means these designers can respond directly to their customer’s needs, and maintain the most exacting of standards.

Historically, the collective talent, triumph, awards and industry longevity of Brisbane Arcade fashion designers is second to none.

Brisbane Arcade is an enduring destination for Brisbane glamour, a magnet for the fashionably creative.

Hardworking dressmakers in Brisbane Arcade groomed Brisbane women between the wars.

The genesis of Queensland couture was here, in the second half of last century.

Early tenants Miss Clegg, Paris Pleaters, and Knowles and Sons jewellers were joined during the 1930s and 1940s by artisans, beauty salons, jewellers, and dressmakers including The Stitchery and Josephine Frocks.

The dual impact of couturiers Gwen Gillam and Harvey Graham cemented Brisbane Arcade’s reputation as a fashionable destination in the 1950s through to the 1970s.

During the 1980s, Keri Craig moved to her glamorous downstairs emporium. Brisbane jeweller Barbara Heath’s store, Happy Hardcore, could be found on the arcade’s balcony level during the 1980s. Key designer dressmakers Royce Facey, Lydia Pearson (prior to teaming up with Pamela Easton and launching their eponymous label Easton Pearson), Tim Lindgren, Sam Argyrou’s label Semis Disimor, Adam R Dixon, Baa Baa Black Sheep by Debra Kolkka, Irma J Smith, Kristin Kavanagh, Michael Klease, Roma Couture, Julie Tengdahl, Bora, Irma J Smith, Amaryllis Creations, and Anthony Leigh Dower and Leanne Dower all called Brisbane Arcade their fashionable home during the 1980s and 1990s.