Rebecca has been working in the fashion industry since the age of 16, having attained a Custom Clothing Certificate IV from TAFE. She was placed in a traineeship at Heartney and Johnson. She entered Gown of the Year at the age of 18, ranking in the top ten for her design and craftsmanship. At the same time, she was busy participating in the Golden Gowns Awards, with a statement of attainment in fashion headwear, and placed 2nd at Workskills Australia in testing for all aspects of design, pattern cutting and garment construction. Quality has always been the focal point of Rebecca’s approach to design.
This success sent Rebecca overseas, initially to London. Her dream was to work with the very best, and she took positions at Harrods and Liberty of London. Rebecca went on to work for such well known, quality brands such as Kenzo Menswear and Mandarina Duck through the supplier NRH and in turn, launching a designer range for the German market, which in turn was sold through Harrods, Liberty’s, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in the UK. She worked with Rebecca Street, a wedding gown designer who has her gowns featured at Harrods and Selfridges and had worked as Alexander McQueen as a pattern cutter.
Rebecca then decided to advance her commercial knowledge, returning to Australia to work at Bras&Things as an assistant buyer before finding love and moving to Newcastle. There her quality design work and keen eye for purchasing found a place in the local bridal industry. She sought to further her professional development as a fashion and retail teacher at TAFE. When the time came for her own wedding, Rebecca’s gown, self-designed, was featured in Hunter Valley Wedding Magazine.
Ascending Style represents the next chapter of Rebecca’s story, as she shares the knowledge and experiences of this extensive career by offering individual consultations. If you are overwhelmed by the choices available, or just need a little help getting it right, Rebecca can help you find a style that expresses your unique image and makes you look and feel beautiful.
From an early age Alexis developed a fascination for design and styling. During school her creativity was expressed through fashion and sewing often scoring top marks for her workmanship. She designed and made several outfits including her formal gown and a showpiece for the HSC, which scored in the top 15% for the state.
In 2001 she expanded her knowledge by working in the theatre and receiving a Certificate III in Entertainment (Technical Production) from The Actors College of Theatre & Television in Sydney. Through this training she worked in many different roles such as stage manager at the Bondi Pavilion, lighting and sound technician at the Seymour Centre and The Ensemble Theatre and costume designer for a living art instillation at the Powerhouse Museum. She also gained experience in props, set construction and design.
After travelling and working in the USA, Alexis returned to Sydney and joined The Australian Theatre for Young People. She would find her niche there with costuming and would often collaborate with the Sydney Theatre Company costume department to create stylized pieces for each show.
By 2007 Alexis had moved north with her then boyfriend/future husband and two year old daughter. Now was a good time to go back to study and over the next two years she gained a Certificate IV in Fashion and Clothing Production and a Certificate II in Millinery. She scored 93% in the Workskills Australia challenge. For the Samaritans charity the brief was to make a headpiece from recycled materials for a limited budget. Alexis’s piece was chosen for the top ten to be modelled at Newcastle City Hall and sold at auction for a record price.
Work experience through TAFE led her into the bridal industry and fashion retail management. From here she established her own dressmaking business and has had her wedding gown design featured on the internet and in New Zealand Wedding Magazine.