Lara Stone has made the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, her open aired studio, where she produces her clothing collections.
The label is directly inspired by Australian botany and landforms, each piece of fabric is hand dyed, each pattern is hand cut, each garment is hand sewn...
Lara Stone clothes are all unique in the making, there are no two of a kind.
They are wearable artworks.
The garments from the artisanal collections are dyed in the studio with 100% natural dyes in order to reduce the impact that fashion has on the environment. These she obtains by going on adventures in the Australian bush and collecting native Australian flora from which plant dyes and pigments are sourced. She also uses natural pigments from traditional dye suppliers when a specific colour can't be found in her immediate surroundings.
Lara Stone's clothing range is designed into classic, time honoured styles that are not influenced by ephemeral fashion trends.
Lara hopes that wearing her garments may help people feel appreciation for the natural environment.
Lara states that:
‘It is my intention to highlight the immense value and beauty of nature through my garments, and to contribute to the reduction of environmental pollution’.
Lara’s dresses have traveled the world. Some countries include Germany, America, England, Italy, Japan and Argentina. Native Australian plant dyed garments are the perfect gift for those wanting a meaningful souvenir, who wish to attend special occasions such as weddings or for people who truly appreciate the beauty and quality of each piece.
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"Exploring the local bush to find new leaves to print with, native Banksia was a good find on this day. I take bags of leaves back to my studio to dye with. Sometimes other people collect leaves for me to try, there is an endless amount of experimenting that can be done which makes this process so exciting! Many Eucalypts in particular yield amazing results, the tannins in the Eucalypts contribute to the colour fastness on the dye."