Kiss the Stars: Lelash Designs Proves that Dreams can Come True
The future of fashion is anyone's guess. But for some forward thinking designers, the future is theirs to speculate.
Inspired by sci-fi and fantasy literature, the creations by Lelash invoke a futuristic darkness that makes for unique club wear and everyday fashions. A creative cut from Australian Cyber Goth, Lelash is an emerging new presence in fashion from a designer who's anything but fresh faced.
Leah, the designer behind the company, started young on the path to fashion design. Coming from a family that not only tolerated her interests in the dark and the creative but also encouraged and nurtured her instincts, she found personal expression through design, and fashion a natural process. In high school she crafted her own creations out of recycled garments and her own imagination. Having decided that it was the path she had to follow, she pursued a fashion design course while simultaneously launching her own business as a DJ.
With the work as a DJ funding her new design projects, Leah began to blossom as an artist and after completing her Cert IV in fashion design locally, she quickly moved to Sydney to take her education further with a diploma in fashion design from the North Shore College. It was here that Leah seemed to feel out of place amongst the crowds of what she called “Barbie Dolls”. Rather than suffer as the odd woman out, Leah rebelled with her designs and plunged into futuristic gothic motifs. It was there that she began to explore the world of Cyber Goth and began her experiments with materials like PVC.
(L) LELASH ELIXER, Photographer / MUA: Mad Dame, Model: Ash Nicholson (R) LELASH BONE DOCTOR, Photographer: Leah Lelash, MUA: Swan Ghosh, Model: Aisha Diandra
At first Leah's teachers in design school were critical of what they saw to be “costumes”, yet Leah remained firm in her style and continued to insist that she was pushing fashion boundaries with her concepts. It was due to this instance upon her own unique style that she was tapped for a very big opportunity in her first year at the college – she was commissioned to create a bullet proof vest used in video clip by Australian popstar Selwyn.
After that, she continued her education with a focus on fitted garments and corset construction. It was then that another important opportunity appeared. Italian tailor/leather maker Mario Panvino was so impressed with Leah's work that he offered her a year long, full-time mentorship. Her visions of future styles and designs inspired him and she began to work with him while still completing her studies at North Shore College. Upon completion of her degree at the college she worked with him full-time where she studied everything she could learn about tailoring, pattern making and leatherwork.