Design and Manufacturing services- from Concept to Catwalk.

We have the designers, we have the sample machinists, we have the sample production facilities, we have the offshore factories… and a  passion for what’s fashionable, as well as what’s sustainable.  We’ve been sourcing the fabrics for nearly 50 years, and with over 100 years of collective design experience we have several successful ranges under our belts… we even have the models and photographers, the genuine inner-city basement for your launch and the genuine Fitzroy laneways for your outdoor urban shoots.  

All our designers  in this high profile industry have individual style and talent. Over the years we’ve amassed the talents of some of Australia’s best fashion students including Georgia Havekotte and Saskia Baur-Schmid, who have their fingers on the pulse of the full range of clothing styles.  We have the long-term support as well of internationally-acclaimed designer Susan Holmes and world authority on eco-colouring India Flint.  Our factories produce pieces which are perfectly constructed and finished!

Conceiving hot new clothing combinations is more than a dress up game for your mobile phone! We make it real life!  We can take your initial ideas, design gorgeous outfits for your clients, outsource your manufacturing … and in under three months you can see them on the runway!  We can even design a package where you can work with our experts and gain specialised technical know-how in everything from concept to catwalk, from the designer’s studio to the wholesale showroom and to the retail outlets.

Our own success in Beautiful Silks shows our expertise in a wide range of business activities in fashion, branding, retail, merchandising and international marketing, and we now make that available to you.

Info Q & A night with Marion Gorr and Susan Holmes 6 pm Thurs 29 November 2012 - email for details
Public $20
, students $10.

Individual consultations with Marion Gorr -

First hour including advance examination of your business plan and initial sketches  - minimum charge $250,  additional time at $160 per hour.

As a rough guide, the production of a range of 70 samples, that is 10 each of 7 styles in …. sizes, including design, sampling in Australia, presentation to you prior to commissioning of manufacture, travel of one staff member to supervise production and quality control at the offshore production facility, production of your import and customs clearance costs $26,500 plus GST component on work done in Australia of $1000.

Other hourly rates for work on our premises (including GST):
Project management    160.00
Senior designer    140.00
Junior designer    80.00
Sample machinist    80.00
Production machinist    70.00
Graphic design/ photography    65.00
Copywriting and publicity    60.00
General labour- catwalk setup    50.00

We do not use “native” staff for supervision in offshore manufacturing.  We use only our own quality control.  The minimum cost of quality control is a return airfare, transfers, hotel accommodation and two days’ wages for a staff member. First 2 days $3000 then per day $600, free of GST.


From time to time there is a need for a rush job, particularly where other suppliers have been unable to meet the needs of a client. We are pleased to undertake rush jobs, and offer a special “drop everything else, and attend to my needs now” service.

The service attracts a premium of 50%, subject to a minimum up-front fee of $2000 exclusive of materials cost. Due to the urgency it is often not possible to subcontract the manufacture of rush job garments.