Rockstars and Royalty, owned by fashion designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan, is one of Canberra’s most well-known fashion labels. The name was chosen to cover all styles of gowns Vicky creates, from big princess tulle dresses to more edgy and alternative gowns. This is the third year Vicky will launch a collection at FASHFEST.
All Rockstars and Royalty gowns and accessories, including jewellery and hair pieces, are one-off creations, individually designed for each client and hand-made by Vicky in her Canberra studio.
Vicky’s clients are women who want a unique and fabulous-to-wear wedding dress, evening gown or cocktail dress. These are women who have a strong sense of personal style and don’t want a run-of-the-mill wedding dress or off-the-peg evening gown.
Rockstars and Royalty incorporates vintage laces and jewels into some designs and at times revamps vintage dresses and wedding dresses, in support of sustainable practices.
Vicky has always been creative and started sewing at a young age after seeing her Mum make clothes for her two daughters. She remembers wearing a beautiful peach taffeta bridesmaid’s dress her Mum had made, and feeling like a princess. Vicky’s Mum taught her to sew. Her first big creation was a gown and cloak she made to wear at her end-of-year ball when she was 18 years of age.
One of Vicky’s strengths is her corsetry. She specialises in Victorian-style corsetry which she includes in most of her gowns. Although she studied jewellery making and has a degree in jewellery and silver smithing, sewing remained a huge part of Vicki’s life. She wrote her dissertation on the history of corsetry and its place as a modern fashion garment. Around that time, Vicky also made her first corset.
Vicky started Rockstars and Royalty in 2007 when she moved to Canberra from the United Kingdom.