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Nadia Khan and Sabrina Rashid

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The Designers
Nadia Khan and Sabrina Rashid together run a Brisbane-based design factory called Nadz&Sabs. The label stands for natural fabrics such as silk; detailed and intricate hand-embellishments celebrating textile art, environment-friendly materials and ethical production processes. Nadia and Sabrina both were born and brought up in Bangladesh. At 16, Nadia shipped herself off to National Institute of Fashion Technology in India after which she worked with A-listers of the industry to further refine her practice. Before moving to Australia in 2008, Nadia had set a strong designer base in Delhi through which she also exported clothes across Europe and Middle East. Sabrina, on the other hand, grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh and thereafter migrated to Australia with her family. She followed the migrant dream of higher education and climbing the corporate ladder, working for leading private and public organisations. While these jobs taught Sabrina many skills, she always wanted to go solo. That dream saw the light of the day when she met Nadia. Only a few collections old, the evening wear label with strong Bangladeshi roots walked the ramp at the New York Fashion Week last year, in December.

The Work
The girls’ Spring/Summer 2016 collection called phoenix stands out for its embellished outfits featuring detailed threadwork, beading and hand painting. The body of work interweaves age-old artistry with contemporary sensibilities. They like to create with materials as conventional as jacquard, silk and georgette. ‘Our Phoenix collection draws on timeless materials and crafts to create something aesthetically remarkable for today’s woman,’ says the duo. ‘Silk, the “new” ancient fabric, features strongly in the collection. and its enduring history is not surprising. This luxurious, eco-friendly fabric keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter and it’s said to be good for your physical and spiritual well-being.’ Next up is an Australian resort-wear line under their Couture Resort range.


Text Hansika Lohani Mehtani

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