Zilpah Tart: Ethical Fashion from Canberra

Sunday, May 21, 2017

What do you get when you combine local travel photography with fashion?  Zilpah Tart.  This beautiful range of ethically made Australian fashion is a label by Canberra based designer Yumi Morrissey.

Now I don't know about you, but when I'm shopping for fashion that is not secondhand, I'm on the hunt for originality.  I want quality garments and preferably too nothing 'on-trend'.  Ethically made fashion is obviously high up on my list, and if it's Australian made, even better because there is nothing better than supporting local talent.

When I received an invitation to a fashion event featuring all Australian labels, I scoured the list of brands who would be present on the day and was instantly drawn to Zilpah Tart.  Gorgeous dresses, amazing prints, Australian made .. I had to know more.

T-shirt Dress in Winter Trees Print
Zilpah Tart is an interesting name!  Zilpah was the name of Yumi's late Grandmother "The original Zilpah Tart", Yumi says. After Zilpah passed, the family was sorting through her belongings when Yumi found a 1940’s brooch of a penny farthing. This formed the basis for the logo of her fashion label, and provides a personal memory and tribute of the late Zilpah Tart.

Yumi completed a Bachelor of Design (Fashion Design) at the Canberra Institute of Technology in 2007 and a decade on, she is working on her fashion label full time.

Yumi's designs are her own, made in her home studio. "All pieces are made in Canberra Australia, in fact about 90% is made by me. Though I am at my absolute limit and will look to increase the amount that I outsource. My outsourced production is also done in Canberra, through Cardif Collective which is also a stockist of mine." says Yumi.

Yumi - Founder and Designer of Zilpah Tart
"I think there's a few things that I pride myself and my label on in terms of ethical and sustainable practices, aside from just the obvious manufacturing side of things." explains Yumi.

Yumi designs her own fabrics using photographs taken around Canberra to create beautiful, bright, unique prints, which add an exciting element to her range. Yumi explains that she wants to create a personal connection for her customers. There is an emotional value to the collection for those who choose to wear Zilpah Tart who have a connection to Canberra / Australia.

"I have sold the parliament print dresses (my very first fabric print) to Australian Diplomats posted all over the world, and many of the women I have spoken to have told me that one of the reasons they wanted the dress to wear overseas, was not only to use the Parliament house symbol to represent the Australian Government, but also to use as a talking point when forming new professional relationships." Yumi says.

Take a look at the original photographs taken by Yumi around Canberra and how they are represented in the Zilpah Tart range:

This fabric design of this frock (the Perimeter Dress) uses Yumi's original photo taken of the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra.

Red Leaves Print – Original photo taken at Diddams Close Park, Lake Ginninderra, Canberra

Lucent Blue Print – Original photo taken of the ‘Torsional Wave’ at Questacon, Canberra,
at night time.

Yellow Leaves Print – Original photo taken at the Old English Gardens, Yarralumla, Canberra

Balloons Print – Original photo taken at Lake Burley Griffin, during the
Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Stunning,  I'm sure you will agree. 

The "T-Shirt Dress" I am wearing here is of the Yellow Leaves Print collection, and although will be discontinued to make way for her new range, this particular dress design is a best seller due to its versatility.

T-shirt Dress in Yellow Leaves Print
"The same dress is suitable with a blazer for work, with sandals on the weekend, with heels and jewellery for a wedding or cocktail party etc, so the one dress can suit so many different occasions, preventing the need to go out and buy a new outfit for each new event that only gets worn once. They are also long lasting and not trend based which means they don't need to be replaced and added to landfill at the end of the season." says Yumi

Each of the Zilpah Tart collections speak volumes in terms of originality. Yumi has the ability to tell a visual story with her collections, which speak volumes to those with an appreciation for art, fashion, travel, Canberra or Australia (home for some) or a combination of all of the above.

"The world is so full of faceless, nameless, impersonal products, that people are beginning to seek out products with more meaning, with a connection to the maker or designer." says Yumi, and I couldn't agree more.

Zilpah Tart designs are a breath of fresh air to any fashion lover, and the fact that Yumi's collections are made locally is even more reason to enjoy wearing her designs.

Loop scarf in Balloon Spectacular print
What can we expect from Zilpah Tart in the near future?  Yumi will be travelling to Melbourne very soon, and therefore a Melbourne range will be coming soon!  How exciting.  Watch this space.

Where to find Zilpah Tart:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/zilpahtart

Shared with Visible Monday over on Not Dead Yet Style & All Mum Said



Patti said...

I've heard of this line, way over here across the world! and I love these original designs. You look fabulous in the Yellow Leaves dress. Thanks for linking up, xo


Kell | All Mum Said said...

What a gorgeous range! I absolutely love the red leaves print. Thanks for linking up to #MummyMondays at allmumsaid.com.au.

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