Alannah Hill

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Tasmania is a quaint and harsh island outpost out of time with the rest of the world. This is where Alannah Hill grew up, in a rather wuthering heights meets creaming soda kind of way. She was one of a catholic family of five children brought up in an old fashioned milk bar in the wild coastal town of Penguin, with lots of mixed lollies but not a sequin in sight.

“I landed in Melbourne from Tasmania at 17, with six suit cases and $50, $30 of which went on the taxi to the city. I didn’t know one single person and not one single person knew me. I was quite hyperactive and did anything anybody asked of me. I was fearless, brave, but frightened”. term paper

Almost immediately, Alannah was noticed in a café where she was waitressing, dressed even then in her coquettish and ornamental manner, and was asked to work in a fashion store in Chapel Street, South Yarra. She stayed 15 years and established her own label 13 years ago.

Today Alannah heads her own booming and lucrative empire, the idiosyncratic and intensely feminine Alannah Hill label. With fourteen opulent and enticing boutiques throughout Australia and New Zealand, her rise and rise is a success story of the old Hollywood variety.


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