Alannah Hill is an Australian fashion designer, well known in Australia and internationally for her “girly chic” fashion label and boutique chain. Hill was born in Geeveston, Tasmania, in 1963 but spent much of her childhood in the coastal town of Penguin, where her parents owned a milk bar, Hill and her mother worked in the milk bar while her father sold insurance. She moved to Hobart at 15, running away to join Ashton’s Circus, and at the age of 17, moved to Melbourne, Victoria. Hill worked in Melbourne as a stylist on film and video clips, eventually landing a small role in the 1987 film Dogs in Space starring Michael Hutchence. Whilst waitressing in a cafe, she was offered a job at a fashion store (Indigo) in Chapel Street, South Yarra, where she worked for fifteen years, before starting her own fashion design label in 1996. She opened her first boutique in 1997, and currently has ten stores in Australia: four in Melbourne, four in Sydney, one in Perth and one in Brisbane. Her fashion range is also available at David Jones department stores nationally. In 2006 Hill opened a store in Auckland, New Zealand. Her designs ooze femininity with floral prints and ladylike hues on delicate, luxurious fabrics, crochets, lace and velvet. Accessories include flirty creations of lovely, girly hair flowers, bracelets, brooches, and handbags. Venessa Vevers
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