Alannah Hill is the Founder and Designer of Alannah Hill, one of Australia's most recognisable and unique fashion brands.
She is the author of two books, Butterfly on a Pin and The Handbag of Happiness (and other misunderstandings, misadventures and misdemeanours)
Alannah is also a MUCH sought after Public Speaker and self confessed sticky beak!
'My flaneur-like sticky-beaking suits my habit of catapulting through people’s lives, treating conversations like a 60 Minutes in-depth interview with no ad break. I feel the art of sticky-beaking is a respectable cultural practice, part anthropologist, part private eye and part comedian"
Alannah's uniquely ornamental vision along with a passionate belief in the power of 'Dressing Up' gave Alannah the success she dreamed about growing up with her parents and four siblings on an apple orchard in Geeveston Tasmania.
When Alannah was 16, she left Tasmania, hauling eight suitcases filled with berserk 'costumes' her mothers wedding ring and $50 cash. She was going to find her fortune - but how? She didn't know a soul and not a soul new her.
Alannah launched her first designs, in 1990 at Indigo Boutique where she worked for sixteen years!
In 1997 Alannah, along with (Factory X ) her financial backers launched the first Alannah Hill bow week on Chapel Street. The Alannah Hill Brand Hill became one of Australia’s most trailblazing, instantly recognisable and iconic fashion houses. By 2014, Alannah Hill was home to eighteen fashion Boutiques, forty David Jones concession stores and represented Internationally on the High Streets of London in Department Stores: Fenwick, Selfridges, Harrods and Browns. In NYC, Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks on Fifth Avenue.
Alannah's ultra feminine designs set the fashion world on fire with The Alannah Hill brand enjoying extraordinary success in the Australian and International fashion world. Alannah styled the It-Girls of the moment – Kylie Minogue, Helena Christensen, Dannii Minogue, Deborah Conway, Angie Heart, Nicole Kidman, Katy Perry, and Courtney Love.
In 1980 Alannah appeared as a 'featured extra' in Richard Lowenstein's cult film, Dogs in Space. She was also the Love Interviewer /Researcher for the U2 documentary, When Love Comes To Town.
In 2013, Alannah released a statement informing her many loyal fans that she was leaving her role as Creative Director/Founder of Alannah Hill. The shock of Alannah’s departure from her own label captured the public and the media’s imagination.
In 2015, Alannah launched her highly anticipated fashion brand, LOUISE LOVE to critical acclaim selling her designs online and through David Jones. Unfortunately, in 2016 Alannah was diagnosed with Melanoma and sat down to write her memoir, Butterfly on a Pin.
Alannah’s shocking and exhilarating story describes her journey of transformation from a joyless and abusive childhood to a dream come true career peak of love, loss and reinvention.
Published in May 2018, Butterfly on A Pin was Australia’s number 1 best-selling memoir.
Alannah's new book, The Handbag of Happiness (and other misunderstandings, misadventures and misdemeanours) is a collection of rollicking, defiant real-life stories where self improvement is satire and life changing moments are found in the absurdity of our odd little lives.
The Handbag Of Happiness is available to pre order - released 29th October, 2020 through Hardie Grant Publishing.
Alannah lives in Melbourne with her 18 year old son Edward, and a beagle dog called Jack and four brooms!
Alannah is represented by Saxtons Speakers www.saxton.com.au.