The Professor’s Daughter is an innovative label owned by Melbourne’s Mariska Thynne. This is the label’s debut appearance at FASHFEST.
Mariska started The Professor’s Daughter to create pieces that are corporate yet colourful and creative. The aim is to move away from the fashion staples of the little black dress and grey suits so common in the workplace by designing alternatives that allow the wearer to express their personality.
The label is about creating ‘enviable style for exceptional women’ through hand-crafted, tailored clothing that make women feel special, unique and fashionable, regardless of size and age. All pieces are timeless classics and available in sizes 6 to 24.
Among the sea of blacks and stretch fabrics of Australia’s high-street stores, The Professor’s Daughter creates tailor-made, structured colourful pieces incorporating bold prints and hand-finished details. Mariska uses wool, silk, cottons, leathers and linen rather than poly blends.
The Professor’s Daughter creates a theme and designs between 28 and 34 pieces in each collection. This collection—City memories from a Peranakan window—includes a series of printed textiles, leather and block colours, and unique embroidery designs. After sketching the theme and designs, Mariska creates original textile designs. She frequently references characters from literature or colours and patterns in art collections when designing.
Mariska credits her grandmother for the label’s ‘enviable style for exceptional women’ direction. Her grandmother was an incredible sewer who created beautifully tailored and well-styled outfits. She had an impeccable eye for detail and took pleasure in how she presented herself, even at home, coordinating absolutely everything, from her shoes to her earrings. The label name was inspired by Mariska’s parents, who are both university professors.
Mariska has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the South Australian School of Art at The University of South Australia, specialising in Jewellery and Metal Smithing and Textiles. She has also completed additional studies in couture sewing, tailoring techniques, pattern making, and digital pattern making.