​Anna McEachran

1996 Collegian

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Thanks to my stylish Mum, I grew up surrounded by Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Armani.

From the time I could hold a pencil I would sit and draw, copying the great artists from the books Mum provided.

At school I designed the programme covers for the school plays and events.

I designed my first collection while at university and débuted my women's ready-to-wear label 'Moocha Bella' at Mercedes Australian Fashion Week in 2004.

Since then I have been stocked throughout Australia and internationally, and opened my own boutique in Perth in 2006.

I have been involved with many Australian and Perth fashion weeks, winning a number of awards nationally, including Designer of the Year.

My pieces have featured in magazines including Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, as well as most major newspapers. I was featured in Who's Who in 2008.

In 2007 I was the recipient of the British Council's 'Realise Your Dream Creative Industry Award', and relocated to London where I interned at Stella McCartney and worked for fashion label Luella.

After returning to Australia I launched 'Gat & Gasper', a high-end women's label.

In 2010 I appeared as a designer on the television series Project Runway Australia.

Splitting my time between Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, I am now designing bespoke pieces and women's ready to wear, while collaborating on diffusion lines of men's wear and children's wear.

Mum's still helping – listening to me worrying about everything from hemlines to paying my bills.

Things in my business are always so up and down. When things seem really bad sometimes you just have to cry and scream for a while, but then pull yourself together and do it all over again.

I also work as an artist, painting large-scale portraits and figurative works. My first solo show was at the age of 23 at Hudson Gallery, followed by numerous solo and group shows in Australia and overseas.

I really believe if you're nice to deal with and humble people will want to work with you and good things will come. Just expect that you'll be successful!

On MLC: Sitting under the trees at lunch time talking endlessly about the Christ Church boys and what we were going to wear to the school balls. Seeing how long I could get away with wearing my short school skirt before I got in trouble for it.