Saturday, April 9, 2016


Shirley Fracture Couture Flower Power Love top & Scouts collar & lead

SFC upcycled denim Sex & Candy pants

Photography Steph Doran

Human model Sam Frew, Elite Model Management

Canine model Scout my sisters dog, rescued at Noahs Bark Dog Rescue

MUA Maria Irving

Hair Serena Martin

shoes Preston Zly

email for any enquiries

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Shirley Where Art Thou

Looking back over past blogs I often start by saying 'it's been so long since I blogged'.  Well I have to say it again, it's been two years......

I've been quietly working away here in Melbourne, quietly waiting to 'crack' it........I've decided at the moment not to try & put out seasonal collections but to just concentrate on doing really good work that people will like or dare I say.... love (hence the relevance of the video selection).

So I thought it's about time to show you what I've been up to lately.  These are (low res.) images of some of my latest work.  
The photographer is Steph Doran of,
 the human model is Sam Frew,  Elite Model Management,
the canine model is rescued dog Scout from Noahs Bark Dog Rescue,
MUA is Maria Irving, 
& Hair by Serena Martin, 
shoes supplied by Preston Zly (unless stated otherwise),
Assistant to Shirley Fracture Couture & mother of Scout, is Debra Nicholl.

Also worth mentioning, my label has a split personality, there's the leg wear, the couture & the up-cycled (also recently dabbled in some baby fashion which I've called sfc smalls)so I'll let you know what you are looking at.  The couture is Shirley Fracture Couture, the leg wear Shirley Fracture & the up-cycled I refer to as SFC but it's all under the umbrella of Shirley Fracture Couture so....confusing?..Hopefully not too much so.

In this first image you will see pants & top by Shirley Fracture Couture.  These shoes from Preston Zly of Melbourne were so delicious I wanted to eat them.

Next we have the Flower Power Love suit by Shirley Fracture Couture.
The fabric is hand painted Italian Crepe.  There are no seams at the front of these high waisted, wide legged pants, & they are lined with creamy cool satin as is the jacket which has covered buttons & little tulle tutus in the top of the sleeve.  'Shirley' is down with details & quality.

Here is the Flower Power Love top, hand painted Italian Crepe, covered buttons, sleeve tutus, paired with hand painted, up-cycled, SFC denim long shorts.  Scouts lead & collar also by Shirley Fracture Couture.  Scout is a rescued dog that now has a wonderful forever home & this is close to my heart as I spent a year as a foster carer in Brisbane & it was one of the best things I have ever done, if you love dogs & your living situation is suitable, I would recommend doing it.                                                                                                                                                

Here we have an up-cycled denim Wish jacket I call the Sex & Candy jacket.  It has hand painted sparkly roses with black metal studs for thorns.  I love a good bomber.   On the legs are hand painted tights by Shirley Fracture of course.  

Full frontal view of the Sex & Candy jacket, The Fractured Pop tights & one of the hand painted 'Do What Though Wilt' vintage cotton 'beater'.  There is a series of these .

Next is these hand painted Sparkle Poodle Love leggings by Shirley Fracture & the Swirly Love chiffon top by Shirley Fracture Couture.

The Shirley Fracture Couture Swirly Love top has a hand painted panel, the front of this has double panels & it has covered buttons of course.  The Big Love skirt is hand dyed, & hand painted cotton.  

Another fabulous shot of the Big Love skirt & Swirly Love top by Shirley Fracture Couture.  The 'spider web' shoes are so gorgeous & intricate, I just fell in love with them.

Up-cycled vintage Lee denim jacket, Peace & Love is hand painted & studded by SFC.  The Pinkie Love leggings are hand dyed & feature hand sewn sequin flamingos by Shirley Fracture Couture.  

And lastly but not least, a shot featuring two of the best models, so professional & wonderful to work with (as was the whole team).  Scout is snuggling in the Peace & Love jacket & Sam is rocking the Louis Louis Love leggings that are hand dyed, hand painted by Shirley Fracture Couture (shoes here are models own)  Some of you may recognise the Louis Louis design, I've used it before but it's a great design that I love & is dedicated to my first black toy boy, my first poodle Louis. 

So that's some of what I've been up to. There is still so much to do, to achieve.  I have so many designs to bring to life, so much to learn still. I've been working on new hosiery designs for the winter.    I really hope y'all like what you see here though & I'd love to read your thoughts/comments.

You can go check out my webatorium to get yourself some 'Shirley' at  & you can get your hands on a selection of my leg wear at in.cube8r gallery at 321 Smith St., Fitzroy  & for any inquiries you can email

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What a Fucking Year This Has Been

I'm sure a lot of folks will echo those sentiments.  I've been pondering what to say if anything about this year coming to an end & how to say it then  I thought,  blog, I don't think I've blogged all year.

I feel so trashed by the events of 2014 that I can hardly must be time for a musical interlude.  I couldn't think of a song so just typed lalala & this is what I got...

This year of 2014 I moved interstate to live with & look after my ailing Ma, fuck it's been hard & it's taken it's toll.  I have however done loads of designing as per usual, put out a mini collection that included some screen printed goodies as well as the hand painted, shot said collection & sent it down the runway.  Some folks may say that's not bad & they'd be right, it's not bad but it's not good enough either, but then I am always seeing what I could do better.

I do love these designs so very much, I've put everything into them & I hear everyone say that but I hope you like them, especially the dresses.  I'm pretty confident with my leg wear, it's my thing but I certainly am looking to expand what I do.  

This year I was invited to exhibit with RAW London, which I do want to do, & the Art Gallery of Ballarat bought several pieces to sell in their shop.  So that also happened.  I won't list my goals for 2015, I'd rather just do them  tell you about it when they happen.  

I guess we all say the same things at this time of year & how we are so excited for the coming year........I can say I feel tired but am looking forward to getting into new projects & making more wearable art & artisanal fashion for you.  I really enjoy creating, it makes me happy, it's soothing & that won't change in 2015.  I can sincerely say I wish everyone all the very best, I hope you are happy & successful in 2015.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Best Laid Plans

It's been a while since my last blog so time for an update.  I made it through my RAW Generation showcase.  It was a fantastic night & the most tickets were sold for any RAW event anywhere so we broke a record.
Leading up to the night I'd had bugger all sleep & worked hard to get it all done.  So on the night I turned up with wet hair, no make up looking like a wreck so not the ideal time to be photographed or videoed but meh, I'm over it, the clothes looked awesome on the runway &  once again I was blessed with a fantastic team of models & helpers including Leigh Auld Hair & Nikita Pere MUA also featured RAW artists. .

These photos by Josie Richardson Photography. 

So post RAW I had to shut down my web store (not ideal after doing such a big promotion) & head off to Adelaide to help my mum pack up her house & get it ready to be upgraded .  I knew it would be a big job but man o man, it was a big job, it nearly killed me but I got it done.  Needless to say, as much as I hated to leave my mum there on her own, it is great to be back at home in my lovely tree house & with the mild winter weather(it was freezeballs in the Adelaide hills). Two months away is a long time.   And with so much work to catch up on I've dived in to try & make up for lost time. 

In an effort to consolidate & focus & pay the rent, I'm currently having an EOFY Sale in my web store.  Most things are ridiculously discounted, so check it out & buy up as this won't happen very often.  Just go to this link.

Then at the end of the month I'm having a Pop Up Fashion Store to finish off the big sale.  There will be other designers including the fab Good Golly Its Molly taking part & including a men's label so the guys are not forgotten plus more.  It will be a unique opportunity to nab yourself a designer bargain, something special for your collection.  And it's being held at Kobblers in Bardon which is a great venue & has the best coffee & fruit toast going.  All in all it will be a pleasurable way to spend part of your Saturday.  

That's pretty much all the news I think.  You can always contact me by email to  if you have any queries.  

I'm planning on going into the new financial year with a much more streamlined operation.  An exciting new collection, the best photo shoot ever, more magazine articles & trying not to be frustrated that I can't do what I want quick enough.  I'm trying to be sensible about everything & realise I can only do what I can do & it's no point stressing right? right.  XX


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Heart Went Bang Shang a Lang

Time for a bit of a catch up.  Check out the 'Shirleyesque' poodle in this video, though the 'Shirley' poodle is much prettier but then beauty is in the eye of the beholder, plus it's a happy little ditty to accompany this blog post.

Well it's been a great start to 2013.  In January an article appeared in a fantastic American mag., Fashion Faces Magazine in the International Fashion section about my label which was a lovely way to begin the new year.  The accompanying images by  Josie of / look awesome as do the models, 'Shirley' faves Heloise-Laure Ruinard & Lara Cresser with hair by Carly Hammond & Bek from Ragdoll Rampage & make up by Meghan Bell MUA & Heloise.

Also in January I became a featured RAW natural born artist & will be on the runway for their upcoming showcase, 'Generation' in March.  You'll find all the information about the night if you click on that link.  Tickets for the night are on sale now for only $15 which is fantastic as you get to see the work of over 40 artists, other fashion designers, visual artists, jewellers, photographers, musicians, performers & more.  When buying your ticket make sure to click on Shirley Fracture Couture on the little drop down feature as the artist you are supporting.

So you certainly get a lot of value for your $15 & it's going to be an epic night to remember.  I know my runway is going to be spectacular & I'm teamed up with fantastic Hair (Leigh Auld) & MUA (Nikita Pere) for the night.

In the mean time I'm working away  getting a collection together for the event & for Autumn/Winter 2013.  I'm loving colour at the moment so there will be a lot more of that than usual for me.  The new designs have an art deco influence, there are really graphic designs, metallics & pop colours & the look is very rock & roll babies.  It encompasses the usual 'Shirley' vibe.

It's been a while since I started this post in the middle of the night when I had a bit of time spare.  Well RAW Generation is now only a couple of weeks away.  Eeep so much to do to finish.  I've done about 20 hours of sequin  sewing so far & have about another 40 to go.  It's sequin mania here right now.

On a personal note, after the RAW gig I'm off to Adelaide for a couple of months to help out my mum whose partner has died.  You never now what will happen from day to day, this wasn't a planned trip.  Also my gorgeous brother in law who is responsible for my logo, has been undergoing  chemo & radiotherapy for the last few weeks & is about half way through his treatment.  It's pretty heavy but it seems to be going well & he is always in my thoughts right now.

Then look out Melbourne, here I come.  Some time in the next 18 months I'll be making the move.  Although it's a big move, I love Melbourne so much & am really excited about it.   I love my tree house here in Brisbane & am sad when I think about leaving it but hey, upwards & onwards.

Brissie folks, here is a link to get your tickets for RAW Generation.
As I said earlier, just tick Shirley Fracture as the artist you are supporting & I would absolutely love to see you there.  XX

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Reborn Again

I've got a few days where I'm not scheduled every minute so am taking the chance to catch up with blogging, tidying & contemplating in general where I'm headed.  I know I'm winding things down for the year & making plans for the coming year & I know I'm determined to have fun for the rest of the year.

Apart from Shirley I have two other jobs so that's three, & none of them pay, in fact two of them cost me money to do.  Some people may think that's crazy but I have to do what I'm passionate about & what I enjoy & at this point in time these things are more important.  Although that said, I think I need a job, haha. Just  couple of days a week would be good, doing what though I do not know, any offers, haha.

Something a bit different for the music selection for this post but Alina has been very cool letting me use her music for my little videos & other helpful things.  Not only is she  talented singer but also writes articles for New York Times & has books published, an interesting person worth checking out for yourself.  Basically she rocks & 'Shirley' loves women who rock.  (Take note of this it will be important later)

Just did the last shoot for this year, a capsule summer collection.  I really wanted the focus to be on fun & wanted a stress free shoot which is what I got thanks to the dream team of tog Josie Richardson models Lara Cresser & Heloise - Laure Ruinard (who also did the make up).  And talk about the universe providing...I lost my hair stylist as I had to change days at the last minute & once we got to the location a hairdresser just happened to be there & was happy to help out. She did a great job to, so thanks to Carly Hammond for stepping in then & there.

To top it off we had a fantastic location which really made the whole experience stress free & enjoyable, at Kobblers a cool little joint in the heart of Bardon with the best chocolate milkshakes & coffee.  It really has a great vibe thanks in great part to the owner Scott & is a lot more than  coffee shop.  And thanks to Kat & Kat with assisting us as well.

Here's some behind the scenes shots I took with my crappay little camera, I didn't take many....

We shot with film again & I am cannot wait to get the images back.  Also big thanks to Tattooed Zombie Accessories for providing us with fun bit & bobs.

Next up for 'Shirley' is the Kustom Krafts market coming up on the 16 th of December at the Sandgate RSL club & it's gonna be big & big fun.

So if you are looking for a great day out & great shopping....see you there.