Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Five minutes with Charly Thorn Designs

Charly Thorn Collection captured at Fashfest 2017 - We Are Found

FASHFEST is back this year and we are a little bit excited as the format has changed.

This year the FASHFEST team have partnered with the National Gallery of Australia to deliver the show in at the iconic venue.

This Friday (Oct 19), we will be treated to a showcase featuring three local labels - Charly Thorn Designs, Megan Cannings Designs  and Hajar Gala Couture . The same show will be held twice the same evening.

In the hectic lead up to the show I managed to chat with Charly, from Charly Thorn Designs. This young go getter is definitely someone to watch. As a photographer in the media pit I’ve seen her works sashay down the catwalk over the last few years and am always amazed at her growth as a designer.

For those who don’t know her background, she is a 19-year-old woman living in Cooma NSW. This year will be her fourth collection in FASHFEST. Her fashion week accolades also extend internationally, with Charly Thorn Designs exhibiting at the Vancouver Fashion Week last season.

It’s amazing to think that this young entrepreneur is currently on a gap year and will be perusing business and fashion in Sydney next year. I can’t wait to see what she achieves in the future!
Charly Thorn. (Image credit

Here’s my Q&A with her. 

Q. Where do you find inspiration for your collections?
Charly - The inspiration sparks where I least expect it. Sometimes it’s a bright colour in a window display, or the shape of a light fitting, a piece or element of architecture or interesting shadows. I find inspiration everywhere. I don’t always look for it, sometimes it looks for me.

This evening collection was inspired by some gorgeous fuchsia fabric I bought at the start of the year. It’s 100% Australian Merino Wool, and from that starting point I created the rest of the collection. Deep jewel colours, a vibrant print and sensual silks are the essence of my new luxe evening range.

Q. You are so driven at such a young age, when did you know you wanted to be a designer?

Charly - I have always wanted to be a designer since I can remember. All I have ever wanted is to make beautiful things and hope that other people find them beautiful too. I love to experiment and take risks and always have since I was little. One thing I‘ not afraid of is being wrong or making mistakes. All I ever want to do is learn. I’m very excited to see where the next chapter takes me.

Q. Who has been an influential person in your creative life?

Charly - I think I have to thank Mum and Dad for always letting me be myself. They let me work it out on my own. They are both creative people. Dad, when he was my age, had entrepreneurial fire and I probably get that drive from him. Mum is an amazing house designer and she’s full of ideas. I’m lucky to have both of them as role models.

Q. Your collections from the past years has been pretty outstanding, what can patrons expect to see this year?

Charly - Very bold colours. Think bright and exciting. I’ve also worked with a selection of gorgeous silks. I can’t wait to see the collection on the runway at FASHFEST, including how the models will look as they come down the massive escalators at the National Gallery of Australia.

Q. For women out there wanting to pursue a personal business what advice would you give them?

Charly - I don’t know that I can accredit any expertise to this question, however I know how to work hard. Working three jobs—80+ hours a week—and doing fashion on the side is hard. But there are people out there working harder than me, who have less than me so I’m always #grateful. But if you’re willing to put in the time—not just working but really focusing your time on the right areas and saying no to a 1000 things—then it will work. Then all you need is a bit of luck ✨

Q. What do you hope to achieve from this year’s FASHFEST?
Charly - I am so excited to announce that this will be the first collection I will be selling on my new website! I’ll be selling the samples off the runway and then if people want to custom order they can. Super exciting!

Ok finally: ... finishes these sentences:

I’m relaxed when I .... take the first sip of coffee and open my diary in the morning ready to start the new day.
Fashion for me is .... a new world of business, innovation and technology than ever before.
My motto in life is .... you will be exactly as happy as you decide to be.
I can’t live without .... COFFEEEEEE

Thanks for your time Charly and I can’t wait to see this collection.  Check out her work and order her designs from:

For my readers out there if you want to see Charly’s work or Megan Cannings Designs or Hajar  De Challie, tickets are available from:


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