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|19 Mar|3 mins

The Woman Behind the Sequin Gowns

There's a reason Olivia Palermo, Nicole Kidman and Taylor Swift are fans
Kate Tregoning
19 Mar
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Rachel Gilbert is one of those polished women who truly looks like they’ve got their sh*t together. When faced with the woman herself, impeccably dressed in a structured black top and pants, the elegance of Rachel’s more tailored designs makes so much sense. A surprising contrast to the sequinned, feather-trimmed party pieces she’s known for. We asked the Sydney designer where her love of eveningwear came from and who she’d love to dress most...

News
|19 Mar|3 mins

The Woman Behind the Sequin Gowns

There's a reason Olivia Palermo, Nicole Kidman and Taylor Swift are fans
Kate Tregoning
19 Mar
Share:

Rachel Gilbert is one of those polished women who truly looks like they’ve got their sh*t together. When faced with the woman herself, impeccably dressed in a structured black top and pants, the elegance of Rachel’s more tailored designs makes so much sense. A surprising contrast to the sequinned, feather-trimmed party pieces she’s known for. We asked the Sydney designer where her love of eveningwear came from and who she’d love to dress most...

What 3 things are most important to you in a piece of clothing?
Fit, quality and how it makes me feel.

What's your favourite part of the design process?
The initial concept of design transcends me into such a creative state of mind and I get lost in it for hours. I will always love this part of being creative, I truly treasure those moments.

Where did your love of evening and occasion wear come from?
At 24, I had moved back home to Australia from living in New York. New York has the most incredible nightlife and social events, the energy of the city at night was vibrant and addictive.

I was always drawn to how opulent embellishment is and how it really could transform a garment and give it that kind of energy.

What do you love most about dressing up?
The feeling when you are about to walk out the door and feel a sense of elegance and confidence that you get when you are dressed up for an event.

When is the right time to wear colour? And when do you prefer to stick to black?
Personally, black is my day-to-day go-to however for evening and social dressing, a pop colour is always key. Colour represents energy, which is a great approach to have when attending events.

Where do you look to for inspiration?
I draw inspiration from various aspects of my life. Each season tells a new story.

The freedom and innocence of my children, design lines from a great love of mine, architecture or a sense of simplicity in my approach to design.

Whose opinion do you listen to most & why?
My Mother. Whether it's business or personal advice, my mother has the most incredibly humble and generous heart. She will always have the most genuine and loving approach to all matters in life, and always guides you in the right direction.

Is there one piece of advice that stuck with you?
My father always tells me, "Take risks. If you fall, get back up and get on with it." Risks and resilience have been pivotal in my career.

What would you tell younger Rachel about starting out in business?
I'm a firm believer in following your intuition, wherever that may guide you, always trust it.

What sets Australian design apart from the rest of the world?
Many of the international buyers are always looking for a fresh new approach to design and Australians are becoming known to have such an edge on the global scale through their vibrant and innovative design aesthetic.

Who have you been most excited to see wearing your designs?
Being such a monumental moment in a woman's life, I always feel blessed seeing a bride wearing one of my designs.

Also seeing incredible icons, such as Olivia Palermo, Nicole Kidman and Taylor Swift, in my designs have been some incredibly memorable moments in my career.

Who would you love to dress?
Lady Gaga. Her confidence, character and sheer brilliance brings garments to life.

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Kate Tregoning
Features Editor
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