Since the launch of her debut collection ‘Element of Freedom’ in 2011, Catherine Leon’s self-titled label has been praised for its attention to innovative detail, impeccable alignment of prints, versatile offering of wardrobe staples and overall accessibility.
From a young age, Catherine’s inspiration and creativity was strongly influenced by the talented works of her seamstress aunt. Captivated by her flair and ingenuity, Catherine embarked upon her own journey into the fashion world.
Studying at RMIT, Catherine perfected her skills in pattern making before becoming accepted at the prestigious Melbourne School of Fashion and specialised in product development and design. Not long after graduation, Catherine was selected as a finalist in the 2011 Fashion Exposed Debut competition and took out the top prize.
Now she is preparing for her first solo exhibition at Premiere boutique trade event for exclusive brands from 26-28 August at the Royal Exhibition Building. Read our chat with Catherine below where she reveals how ancient history influences her design work; how the Fashion Exposed Debut win has helped her brand; and preparing for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.