At just 19 years old, Kat Creasey is already forging a successful career in the fashion industry.
The designer from Byron Bay has created her own label – My Little Rockabilly – and her business is growing both in Australia and overseas.
And it all began with a course at the Byron Bay Youth Activities Centre.
“I left school half-way through Year 10 and was looking for something to do, so I enrolled in a fashion design course at the YAC,” Kat said.
“I did it to get out of school and I ended up falling in love with it.”
The 10-week course taught her the basics of design, as well as business and marketing, but most importantly, it helped Kat find her inspiration.
“It was while I was at the YAC that I discovered the rockabilly look,” she said.
“Our teacher told us to look at our family background and there it was. My parents used to dress that way and hold rockabilly parties in Sydney. And my mum used to pick me up from school in a Mustang. So it was always around, I’d just never labelled it.”
Kat has since embraced the rockabilly culture and channelled her passion into jewellery design, hair accessories and, most recently, her own line of organic make-up, inspired by the colours of the 1940s and the 1950s.
Now based on the Gold Coast, Kat sells her designs at markets in Brisbane, through alternative fashion stores in Brisbane and the Gold Coast and online nationally and internationally.
And next month she’ll be launching the My Little Rockabilly pin-up range at Byron Bay fashion store, Afends.
She’s excited about introducing Rockabilly culture to her home town.
“There’s nowhere in Byron you can buy that sort of stuff,” Kat said
The launch will be held at the Afends store on November 21.
It will include hair and make-up styling, with free pin-up photos, free cupcakes and classic cars and hot rods.
For more information about Kat and her range visit www.myspace.com/mylittlerockabilly.
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