As an independent Australian designer, Megan Park has been making timeless garments for 21 years. The collections transcend fashion; they are feminine, hand-worked but also timeless and modern. The pieces from 1999 were still relevant in 2009 as they are in 2019, with updated styling.
The Megan Park brand appears to exist outside the bounds of time and place. It can’t be pinned to a particular place, having threads leading to London, Paris, Delhi, New York, Melbourne, Milan, Ginza, Tokyo and beyond. And it seems to transcend time.
Megan Park travels elegantly through decades, through the flurries of the fashion industry and this year, to mark 21 years, we are delving into the archive, reliving some of the stories, people and places in celebrating this milestone.
We hope you enjoy reading and learning from the rich tapestry of stories and anecdotes that are set to follow.
AUTUMN WINTER | 1998 - the beginning
"As I retrace and reflect on the 21 years since the launch of MP, I am flooded with memories that continually reaffirm my love for what I do. What began as a seed of an idea in the foothills of the Himalaya was to slowly evolve and at times snowball into the business it has become. It has taken me on a journey that I could never have imagined and has introduced me to the most talented and generous people along the way. Artisans, embroidery karigars, tailors, pattern makers, our staff, ambassadors and friends from around the world who contribute their talents, season after season, are all part of the MP family and are to be celebrated and thanked for their part in the story.
This scarf of zardozi hand embroidery onto silk organza (below) was my first collection photographed and as such it heralded the start of MEGAN PARK the brand."
SPRING SUMMER | 1999 - a foray into ready to wear
"Encouraged by Julie Gilhart, the Fashion Director of Womenswear at Barneys New York, I branched out from accessories into Ready to Wear. I took my first baby steps into womenswear and realised my embroideries onto the simplest of garment shapes - a shift dress and a sarong. Nicole Kidman bought each of the sarongs from this little foray into womenswear and the stores stocking our bags and scarves were now hanging garments alongside them."