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Disco, Dreams, Drama: The bewitching world of Lisa T.

From the Lisa T. Winter 2013 Lookbook (Photo: Eliya Nikki Cohen)

From the Lisa T. Winter 2013 Lookbook (Photo: Eliya Nikki Cohen)

Lisa Twomey’s petite figure easily draws attention, a fact not belied by her relaxed demeanour and endearing way of speech. As the woman behind Australia label Lisa T, her diminutive frame is continually draped in heavily embellished garments of her own creation that combine elements of fine art and textile design to great effect.  Lisa’s distinctive personal style mixes high and low art, pairing baroque detail with Adidas logos seamlessly.

This characteristic style and gift for the arts has been with her since childhood – her grandmother and mother were keen seamstresses in their youth, and Lisa had hoped to be the same. Growing up in Canberra, she would make dolls for her sister as birthday gifts, complete with tiny outfits to dress them up in. When she was a tween Lisa admits she ‘kept spending all my money on lollies at the canteen and couldn’t afford cool clothes’ so she began to create her own. This pastime soon grew into a fully-fledged passion when Lisa visited the Nation Gallery of Australia’s 2004-2005 Vivienne Westwood exhibition, and soon afterwards became immersed in the rich textures and visuals of the 1970s.

In her young adulthood, Lisa continued to explore the creative arts, studying painting at University. Now a well-established fine artist, her sought-after murals plaster the walls of Canberran restaurants, boutiques and bars. The influence of her fine art training echoes through her fashion design.