Sam and Bianca

How fitting a couple to profile next. The romantically inspired fashion designer, Bianca Spender and her partner Sam McGuiness, an environmentalist who inspired her spring/summer collection.

Photo of Bianca Spender in Paris by partner, Sam McGuiness.

A storyboard in Bianca Spender‘s office of her “love among ruins” collection. The references were born from a holiday with her partner Sam and son, Domo, to an overgrown farm that had an entrancing, enchanting and romantic mood.

“I was drawn to the work of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones whose mythical settings evoked the same dreamy atmosphere. The scenes in his paintings were rich in costumes with their artistic draping and armor details providing a myriad of inspiration.” Bianca Spender.

Meet Bianca herself for a personal insight into spring/summer collection at her store, 9 Oxford St Paddington, Thursday 26th August. 6.30-930pm


  1. Michele
    Posted August 29, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Bianca I’m sure is a lovely person, my only reservations about her as a designer throughout the time she launched her eponymous brand is that it appears she has greater potential that what she has produced so far. Often her inspirations and ideas as shown via her website and where she travels doesn’t always feel it really uplifts her collections. She does nice languid and draped shapes but I feel she has always been capable of pitching herself given bigger.

    I think she has the ability to be on the same level as for example Haider Ackermann and so forth, just not as an Australian designer who has ‘made it’.

  2. Romy
    Posted August 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Lovely is irrelevant, I think Bianca has quietly moved into the fashion industry with the style of a sophisticated range. I don’t believe she aspires to be an Ackermann , her collections are effortlessly chic, well constructed quality pieces. Always romantically inspired.

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