Milanja: Making the old world new again

'Zephyr' Runway

This recent article appeared in Contemporary magazine.

If Milanja make garments that feel distinctly fresh and feminine, it’s not by coincidence. Its elegant founders are twin sisters from Sydney, who grew up steeped in the traditions of fashion’s old world. As children they played on the floor of cutting rooms and blossomed into fit models and fashion designers in their own right. Together they’ve worked managing stores for Roberto Cavalli and Alexander McQueen in Europe and as design assistants and fit models for Carl Kapp, Collette Dinnigan, Kit Willow, Josh Goot and Zimmermann in Australia.

Their inspiration today comes from Europe’s most beautiful cities and the most breathtaking natural landscapes. Yet what makes their particular brand of elegance so remarkable, is that Milanja is all designed and made in Western Australia with silks and jacquards sourced from small fabric houses in France and Italy . Their network of pattern makers and machinists are all based in Perth, as is one half of the dynamic design duo, Kristina Milanja.

With a burgeoning future in women’s fashion, Kristina Milanja moved to Kings Park three years ago. When she arrived, to support her husband’s new job as a heart surgeon, Kristina was determined to make the move a great work, life balance. Three years later she has done it. Kristina designs everything from vibrant cocktail dresses to floor-sweeping silk-satin gowns. While her twin Vanessa Milanja is responsible for global marketing and for running of their first boutique on Glenmore Road in Paddington. Milanja showed their SS 17 collection Zephyr at New York Fashion Week in September 2016 as part of Fashion Palette. They will next show at 2017 Mercedes Australian Fashion Week in May.

We caught up with Kristina to ask her about her inspiration, how her family influenced her and what it’s like living in Perth.

Read the full interview here –