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Designer Feature: Curious Birdy

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Curious Birdy, previously known as Bird on a Wire, was created by Charissa Schlink in 2014. The label is fun and quirky, and aims to bring out beauty in everyday life. The prints are the foundation of the different collections, each carefully detailed and combined with the perfect texture and fabric to create extraordinary pieces.

Charissa graduated from Polytechnic West in 2013, and absolutely loved that she could be both practical and creative in her course. After her studies she began working on other Australian labels including Little Gracie, Dyspnea and Lover. In 2014 she continued to study fashion and business while starting up her own label, which was known as Bird on a Wire at the time. In 2015, the label’s name was changed to Curious Birdy. Bird on a Wire felt vintage with a twist, and the name change symbolised Curious Birdy moving further from its vintage roots.

The creative cuts of Curious Birdy simultaneously evoke the scorching Australian summer and cool femininity. The cool colours and summery motifs of the prints match this feeling, and can focus on anything from flowers to doughnuts. The simpler chequered and polka dot patterns are also incredibly adorable. The photoshoots for this label always has interesting locations, poses and props, so it’s fun to check out Curious Birdy’s lookbook on their website.

The Curious Birdy label has its own e-Boutique, and is also sold at Merge in Northbridge and Common Ground in Fremantle. The spring/summer collection for 2014-15 is called Desert Bloom, the main print is a fascinating combination of green, purple, blue and orange. The cactus and flower shapes work seamlessly together to create standout garments that are also suitable for daily wear.

On 4th September 2015, Curious Birdy was featured in the WA Born Fashion Event. This sold out show also featured 18 other WA born and raised designers and was an amazing night all around. Curious Birdy showed off their new collection utilising light blue and white striped fabric, as well as an intricate pink butterfly print. Having these prints clash on the same garment and between garments was an interesting choice, and displaying the gorgeous white floor length dress balanced out the pieces. Short skirts and head wraps were key to this new collection, giving that familiar girly and summery feel.

We’re looking forward to seeing what else will come from the Curious Birdy change in name and direction!

Photography by Chanelle Gibbs

HMUA by Chanelle Gibbs

By Terina Kett