A large part of what Dominique Healy loves about designing garments is the process of making them.

Working directly with many makers over the years has contributed towards Dominique’s dedication to keeping a large proportion of her production in-house at her Melbourne studio. The remainder is produced in an ethically accredited factory in a Melbourne in a bid to keep the local industry alive. Without it, Dominique feels that a part of the magic of the fashion industry could be lost altogether.

By maintaining a large proportion of production in-house, Dominique has the ability to produce small runs per style that would usually not meet factory production minimums. As only a small number of garments per style are produced from the outset, Dominique moves to a ‘made to order’ model once sold through initial stock levels, leaving her with little to no stock at the end of season.

When designing, Dominique endeavors to create patterns using as much of the fabric as possible to reduce textile waste. One of her staple designs, ‘Bella Blouse’ uses approximately 95% of the fabric when cutting. This isn’t always possible but is something Dominique considers when creating and cutting a pattern.