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High Tea with Mrs Woo

High Tea with Mrs Woo was launched in the summer of 2004 by three sisters – Rowena, Juliana and Angela Foong. Born Chinese-Malaysian, they migrated to Newcastle, Australia in 1988 where they are still based today. Studying at the University of Newcastle, Rowena and Juliana have completed degrees in Graphic Design and Visual Communication and Angela has almost completed a double degree in Economics and Commerce. Although the sisters are not formally educated in fashion, their refined tailoring skills are schooled by years of practice-perfect home science wisdom learned from their mother, grandmother and the dressmakers they work with everyday. The sisters’ experience of growing up in an industrial city blended with inherited Chinese customs has had considerable effect on the way they work and design. It comes as no surprise that their creations are somewhat culture-clash and have a certain dramatic appeal. The High Tea with Mrs Woo style fuses Western influences with Eastern charm to create an unusual and striking flavour. The sisters love to bake a good story and throw together unexpected ingredients in their design, combining unusual patterns and textures with a strong, rich colour palette. Greatly considering the materials they choose, they love the idea that "an intriguing piece of fabric can reveal a great yarn." The sisters use their love of travel as a good excuse for overseas fabric expeditions to cultivate their collections. "We often imagine that people wear our garments to go somewhere, to do something special. There's always a journey involved…"
Added on: 07-7-2006 Hits: 1381

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