Alannah Hill is an Australian Fashion Icon. Alannah Louise Hill was born in Franklin Tasmania in 1962. Alannah's father, James Hilary Hill was an orchardist and her mother, Aileen Yvonne Manton was a housewife. When Alannah was 7 years old her five siblings (along with her parents) moved to the North West Coast of Tasmania where they bought a Milk/Bar/Service Station in the small coastal town of Penguin. When Alannah was 17 years old she moved to Melbourne where she lived in a small bedsit in Windsor. Alannah waitressed for a living and took part time jobs to pay her bedsit rent. She knew not one single soul in Melbourne and not one single soul knew Alannah. She became involved in the Post Punk Scene in Melbourne and her local haunt was the Crystal Ballroom in Fitzroy St. St. Kilda. Her fantasy was to establish an acting career although she was well aware that she could not act. Alannah attended St. Martins School of Theatre in South Yarra where she trained with Ben Mendolsen and Noah Taylor. Her first acting job was in Hugo Races play that he wrote when he was 17 years old called SWEATY WEATHER. Alannah was miscast as the local chook and was dismayed by the casting of the director Helmut Bakatis.
Alannah did have one small acting role in the 1986 film Dogs in Space starring Michael Hutchence.
Whilst waitressing in a cafe, she was offered a job at a fashion store (Indigo) in Chapel Street, South Yarra, where she worked for fifteen years, before starting her own fashion design label in 1996.
Hill opened her first boutique in 1997, and with the financial backing of Melbourne based business Factory X, established 42 Alannah Hill stores in Australia as well as being stocked in David Jones stores.
Alannah Hill brand "lost"
On 15 August 2013, Hill announced she had walked away from her fashion business following a dispute with the label's owner Factory X. Factory X will continue to operate the Alannah Hill stores, however, Hill will not design for, or have any further input into, the brand that bears her name. At the time of her announcement, Hill indicated that she wanted to continue in the fashion industry.
Alannah has four siblings and she has a son, Edward, whose father is Karl Bartl, founder and designer of menswear brand, Jack London. She is in a relationship with rock musician and record producer, Hugo Race.
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- Alannah Hill | Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 16 August 2013
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