A large part of what Dominique Healy loves about designing garments is the process of making them. Working directly with many makers over the years has contributed towards Dominique’s dedication to keeping a large proportion of her production in-house at her Melbourne studio. The remainder is produced in an ethically accredited factory in a Melbourne in a bid to keep the local industry alive. Without it, Dominique feels that a part of the magic of the fashion industry could be lost altogether.
When designing, Dominique endeavours to create patterns using as much of the fabric as possible to reduce textile waste. One of her staple designs, ‘Bella Blouse’ uses approximately 95% of the fabric when cutting. This isn’t always possible but is something Dominique considers when creating and cutting a pattern.