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 Artist Georgina Hooper talks to us about inspiration.


What is your most creative recipe?

Beetroot and parmesan ravioli with burnt sage butter.

What is your most recent obsession?

My 16 month old daughter!

Any new favorite colour / style in painting ?

I love the large scale colour field paintings of American Abstract Expressionist Marko Rothko. His work is what I would fill my dream home with if I could afford to. His use of large open spaces, simple composition and focus on the sublime beauty of colour and its effect on us spiritually and mentally is what I love about his work. Looking at art becomes a form of meditation. It is all about vibrational energy. It sounds hippy but it is very scientific. My favourite colour is probably best exemplified in Rothko's 1956 work 'Green on Blue'. “Green on Blue” (1956).



 CreditThe University of Arizona Museum of Art, Gift of Edward J. Gallagher Jr. Source 

What's your dream travel destination and why?

My dream travel destination is South East Asia. I particularly love visiting Hong Kong for its exciting pace and its juxtaposition between tradition and change, East and West. China is always going to be a great love for me too and of course divine Japan, which I still have so much to see yet. At the moment though, Bali is really calling me and we are thinking of visiting at the end of the year. There are a few artist residencies popping up away from the main tourist areas. Places where there is beautiful nature to experience and a sense of the spiritual and serenity in its people is what I am draw to.

What would you spirit animal be?

Ha ha probably a bird. Perhaps an eagle. They are strong, powerful and independent with a love of wide open spaces and when they choose their mate, they really do fall for them and are together for life.


Georgina has limited edition prints available, check out her webstore of her latest work.

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The man behind the lense

An interview with photographer: David Collins

You recently photographed dogstar Collection 2016. What did you think of the shoot and what did you enjoy the most?
I loved the recent shoot the dogstar team put together for their 2016 campaign. The postmodern, paper craft head piece with metal and silver accented accessories anchored our models character into the moody setting. My favourite moment in the shoot was when the two assistants were trying to balance an air-conditioning tube on a broom stick while the model posed for a portrait. The shots look great, but it felt like a surreal ‘behind the scenes’ moment.

What would be your 'dream gig' ? 
It may sound cliché, but there are days when I take a step back from the camera and see that I'm on location with amazing and talented people creating something together, and I realize just how much I enjoy this work environment.

We all look for inspiration on a daily basis. What drives you to continue in such a challenging industry? 
I have found traveling and injecting new experiences (both comfortable and unpleasant) keeps the cogs moving. One of the traps that photographers can fall into during busy season is to default into a comfortable shooting style. I’ve found constantly moving refreshes and informs the way I approach photography, giving me a sense of progression.

If you could photograph anyone or anything, past or present, who or what would it be? 
I think Jeff Bridges would make for a pretty mean portrait.

What is the best advice you have received relating to your career as an artist? 
Find someone you trust to review your work. It’s easy to develop attachments to images when you have a memory of a good, onset experience, rather than how the piece sits.

Oh, most importantly, what's your spirit animal? 
The Panda. 


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An interview with Makeup Artist: Billie Weston

Like all things creative, we start from a blank canvas. Tell us what inspires you?
As far as finding inspiration for makeup goes, I always turn to nature.  Especially texture and colour. From the most vivid contrasting colours to the softest, milkiest pastels, I can find inspiration there.   I’m a big sci-fi and post apocalyptic nerd and when there is the opportunity for it, I love to carry those otherworldly elements across into my work. I'm also inspired by my clients and love the process of helping them to create an alter ego or amplify a facet of their personality. 

Today’s woman is busier than ever.  What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?
A bold lipstick teamed with defined brows and mascara.  You can have barely any makeup on but look sleek and polished with a strong lip.

How would you describe your look?
I’m a bit of a chameleon when it comes to what I wear.  I really enjoy fashion and like to wear a lot of different styles. I find for this reason, I have never put all my eggs in one basket.  Clothes, hair, accessories and makeup are an integral part of how I express myself and I find it a really fun and creative process.  I’m a big fan of Japanese and Korean street style but I also love to incorporate elements of different fashion subcultures like industrial, post apocalyptic, punk and grunge whilst keeping it understated and sharp.  I wear a lot of is everything.

What is your most memorable makeup you have done?
I have been very lucky to work on some incredible films and live productions with truly magical sets. Those moments are some of the most memorable for me. When you walk onto a large scale set it’s like walking into another world. You get this incredible rush and you are overcome with awe and gratitude.  To be amongst such talented artists and crew who are all part of this amazing collaboration is very humbling.

How do you define beauty?
Beauty to me is kindness and compassion, first and foremost.  But as far as beautiful aesthetic or ‘presence’ goes, I think it’s having a healthy and unbridled outlet for self-expression. Whatever that may be. When someone can express themselves and be immersed in their passion, they become comfortable in their own skin. I love witnessing people being whoever the hell they want to be. 

If you were placed in the world of dogstar, what do you imagine yourself to look like (from head to toe!)?
No other label can layer like Dogstar.  I LOVE to layer. I would want you to load me up with pieces until I could barely walk.

Use 5 words that define what you wear?
Sharp black spirited street pop 

Who is your Muse?
I have so many! But let's say...Gwen Stefani for wearing punk and alternative styles with such sophistication and Daphne Guinness for being an age defying alien empress.  

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Oh My Origami!

18/05/16 8:31 AM





the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures.



This winter season, we have gathered inspiration from all things origami inspired.

How do we define Japanese fashion? Most would think of the popular Harajuku street style or the traditional and placid Kimonos.

dogstar Laika has created it's own world.

Fold after fold, Masayo has worked hard designing with origami folds transforming flat fabrics into garments that is not only fitted for workwear but also any formal occasion.

This weekend we are styling up in the Deuce Top and Deuce Dress.



As a classic Laika design, we cannot go past the origami inspired collars!

Let us take you into the world of Laika, celebrating modern Japanese clothing the result of mixing bold prints and colours alongside traditional Japanese folds and pleats.

Take a chance with Deuce Top, a style of two looks. Recreate your workwear staples and add this to your wardrobe collection. A simple style to take you from desk to dinner.

Take notice next time you visit our dogstar store in Paddington and Gertrude street to find all the wonderful womens clothing inspired by origami.

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A Winter Window

11/05/16 4:04 PM

Winter is here!


With that comes a new window display at the dogstar Paddington store.

As always our displays are handmade, and this time with the help our interns Mutsumi san and Yuiko san.

Though it may not snow in Brisbane, it is certainly a beautiful sight taking our minds to winter in Japan.





Silent nights and the brush of a chilling breeze just says 'it's time to get Cosy!' 

With many wool blend cardigans and jumpers in store, what's not to love about Winter!






Layer up on your favourite dogstar styles with classic and multiwear designs.

Not sure which knitwear to go for?

Meet our stylists in store and they will be sure to guide you and find your cosy winter warmer.

Don't forget we also have our Melbourne store in Fitzroy!  

Unlike our Brisbane boutiques, dogstar Melbourne store s full of luscious wool coats and winter  scarves.

Be sure to visit and find your favourite winter outfit.



dogstar Paddington

2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

07 3368 2233

dogstar studio

1 Burke Street, Woolloongabba

07 3217 4055



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Intern at dogstar

23/12/15 9:36 AM

I’m a exchange student who is doing  internship in dogstar for 4 weeks.

I’ve already spent time in here about 3weeks, and what I can say is how interesting  this workplace is. They design, cut, sew, organise, sell…. Dogstar do everything!

In addition, there are different nationality people cooperate and work using English and the business is worldwide. I knew English is a common language. I knew current business is worldwide. But I’ve never experienced it by myself.



At the same time, what I learnt is if I pay attention to everything, I can find and learn anything. Even though it seems to be tiny and ordinarly, I might be able to see the thing from a different aspect.



Everything is completely different from Japan in here. I’ll bring all experiences to Japan as my prescious spuvenir.



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Jingle bells are ringing!


Secret santa gifts must be found.

Look no further for that little gift.



This week is your chance to pick any 2 necklaces from our papershadow range.

Pick any 2: one for yourself and one as a gift!

Any two for $49.



Dress up your Christmas outfit with any one of our handmade wooden necklaces.

Choose from a variety of colours, geometric shapes, earth toned beads to compliment any outfit.



See the full range at :

Offer ends 31st December 2015

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8/12/15 1:00 PM

Every season we create one or two of our own textile designs.
We are currently working on the 'Crown series' for next winter!
Usually we create the images for print by hand to give the product an organic feel, this time we tried several different approaches but were unhappy with the results.
Mindlessly, I began to scribble over the top of the earlier designs and produced these patterns by accident.
It is wonderful when we can notice that the creative process is often as important as the finished product.
In this case, scribbling over the top of a conceived mistake to produce something quite beautiful and unexpected.

These circular lines will then be overlaid with embroidery to produce very unique pieces.   

Look out for these new and unexpected designs in our upcoming winter range.

From kimono inspired sleeves to cropped jackets and the everyday casual skirt.


The scribble print dresses up any outfit with all the design is set in the detail of the print.

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Introducing the talented musicians from Camerata of St Johns Orchestra!

Once again this season we have styled them in a combination of our Laika and Papershadow range.

A quirky combination of summer cotton prints, everyday dresses turned into elegant and professional outfits.

For more information on their upcoming season:


 Here is a small snippet from their Camerata's January newsletter!


Partner spotlight

This month our partner spotlight shines on, dogstar. Created by renowned Brisbane fashion designer Masayo Yasuki and her talented team, dogstar has gained an enviable reputation around the country for its designs and quality of manufacture. Our player's adore wearing the Camerata uniform designed by Masayo, and were thrilled when Masayo and her team opened their Laika Summer 2014 and Papershadow Summer 2014 collections for our ensemble to wear in the CamerataSeason 2015 brochure. All of the wonderful outfits from these collections are now available online at the dogstar website.


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Dip Dyed

12/11/15 12:41 PM

Hello,this is Akari from Bunka Fashion University in Tokyo Japan.

I worked at dogstar for about 1 month ago as a intern.
My first job involved making a window art installation.
It's made of almost 2000 black tea bags!
There are steps how to make tea bag installation.

2000 black tea bags


Waterbased ink



fishing line

staple and staplers (mini)

1 take off the labels.
2 making colors you want to make.
3 put inks and warm water on the bucket.
4 put tea bags on the bucket.
5 couple of minutes waiting.
6 take out tea bags of the bucket, and remove water of tea bags.
7 dry tea bags a few days.
8 make sure their are dried. Put on tea bags for a fishing line using a staple.
You can see it in our paddington shop.
When you visit paddington,please check it out!
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An Arabian Night

10/11/15 10:19 AM



Over the weekend, we welcomed our dogstar VIP guests to our Laika launch party- Arabian Night held at out Brisbane studio.

Themed to match our current season, our studio was transformed into the world of Morocco!


Lanterns and rustic jewellery from Hamimi were being hung to add a touch of colour matched perfectly with our range.       



Luxurious silk dresses, screen printed with a moroccan inspired print along with geometric inspired origami pants are just waiting to be topped off with a pair of Moroccan Babouche Slippers.

It was a perfect night to find the summer party dress for the upcoming festive season.



The Arabian night showcased all exclusive jewellery brought in from Europe made from leather and recycled rubber side by side with our recently made window display, completely made out of 2000 teabags!

It was a summer night we are sure to remember!

From the rich and virbant mix of dips, dried fruit, ice mint tea and sparkling champagne... who would forget! 



Many thanks go out to:

All our VIP's for taking the time to join us on our social evening,

Rashelle from ghd Hair for sponsoring our event with giveaway bags and a main ghd christmas gift pack prize.

Hamimi for providing us with decorations all the way from Merrakesh.

Feridun our musician of the night!

Our photographer for the night, Michiko

Georgina Hooper for painting such beautiful pieces to go in our next Summer range.

Caroline Ross for helping us organise this event

The entire dogstar team for being your wonderful selves and entertaining us all on the evening.

(Alice, Lianne, Jennifer, Edwina, Mai, River and Jo)




















Kirsty Goldsmith



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As we all know, the Melbourne Cup races are on this week!

Taking a twist on the traditional racewear styling, dogstar has once again made an impression at the racetrack.

Working with Brenda from the House of Windsor, we have put together an unconventional outfit.

From black leather harnesses to a rock inspired tulle skirt.


Our take on the classic black dress has been transformed into an explosion of dark tulle.

Melbourne Cup 2015 here we come!




Our favourite VIP's wearing their classic dogstar styles.


Half Top Hat made by Brenda from the House of Windsor

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dogstar VIP

2/11/15 12:57 PM

It’s that time of year again..

The festive season is upon us, with warm summer nights and shimmering champagne.

This weekend is our LAIKA VIP NIGHT! As always Laika is inspired by other cultures and their traditional colours. Join us this Saturday 7 November as we welcome you to an Arabian Night!

From hanging lanterns to luscious silks, experience the atmosphere at our annual VIP event.

Receive a glass of champagne on arrival and enjoy prizes all night long!

Win the ultimate prize by buying any item from the range and be in the draw to win a LAIKA outfit of your choice.




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Welcome Akari

30/10/15 11:46 AM

Starting off as a student herself, Japanese designer Masayo Yasuki welcomes all students to join her behind the scenes to experience the fashion industry.

As an Australian fashion label, we not only support student from TAFE and QUT but also international students!

This month we have Akari san joining us from Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo Japan.

Starting off her week, she has been assisting us in our upcoming window art installation.

Completely made out of tea bags, you must see this display in person! The smell of black tea will leave you in the world of morocco.

See her below creating the window display one teabag at a time…

All tea bags used are produced with 100% compliance with Fairtrade standards.

Thinking about having a crafty afternoon?

Here is a step by step guide to creating our window display:


2000 black tea bags


Waterbased ink



fishing line

staple and staplers (mini)


  1. Remove all tags from the tea bags.

  2. Using water based ink, we create buckets of Moroccan inspired colours.

  3. Dilute the ink with hot water first, then mixed in with cold water (enough to dye the number of teabags chosen)

  4. Divide tea bags into sections of colour and leave in the buckets to dye for 2mins. For darker tones, leave in for longer as the tea would naturally dye.

  5. Staple and string your tea bags together!
This window display is inspired by Anthropology
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dogstar in Collaboration with ghd hair!

Last night we were working with the talented Alan White and ghd Hair at their Podium event.


GHD invitation and Alan White (left to right)


Podium is a look and learn evening, inviting all creative minds who are interested in sharing ideas and experiences.

We are incredibly  thankful to GHD Hair Studios and Rashelle in particular for thinking of dogstar.

From left to right: from dogstar: Umesha, Jo-Elle, Akari, Rashelle (GHD)


It was a fantastic night working with Alan, a renowned hairstylist. Alan’s portfolio includes working with leading magazines like Vogue and RUSSH. More so, he has been responsible for styling the hair of high profile names including Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian and Nicole Kidman.


Thank you once again to ghd Hair and Alan White for an experience to remember!

For those who went or those who may have missed out, here are some snapshots from behind the scenes at the ghd PODIUM event.

Alan and the girls

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Redesigning Racks

26/10/15 3:04 PM

It’s all happening at our Melbourne store!

We have been busy working towards new clothing racks for our Gertrude Street store.

River has been working with an old friend with Zino, to design and make a creative rack!

A seemingly simple task, but a difficult one when it comes to creating a unique space and atmosphere.

Finally last week, our Melbourne team Erin and Emma were over joyed to see the racks delivered!

Here they are installing them in our store.:


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Meet us in Morrocco

20/10/15 12:04 PM

As always at dogstar, we are all about recycling!

From our offcut fabric bags to our window displays.

We like to add a personal touch here at dogstar. It is all things handmade.

With the new Laika range arriving in stores, it seems to colours have turned towards Morrocco!


It’s a tea party in Morrocco! Keeping within the upcoming festive season, we have begun working on a colourful window display, completely made out of tea bags!

INSPIRATIONAL IMAGES OF MORROCCO. There are too many colours to choose from!

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Virgin Magazine

19/10/15 12:49 PM


dogstar featured in Virgin Australia Voyeur!




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Flashback Friday

16/10/15 12:14 PM

It’s Flashback Friday!

Since the renovations have begun here at our Woolloongabba studio, we have uncovered many styles from our previous seasons.

You may have already seen some of our posts on facebook and instagram. These styles are one of a kind, pulled from Masayo’s treasured samples.

It is time to let them go and is all up for grabs!

Online only while stocks last!


Here are some of the one off pieces you can find online!



This jacket was found hiding in between our racks! With only 10 that were made right here at our Brisbane studios, this is the last of it's kind in size 10...

Is it made for you? Is it meant to be?

VIsit us at our dogstar studio!

1 Burke Street,

Woolloongabba, QLD, 4102

07 3217 4055

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Have you seen our brisbane studio recently?

It is all hands on deck with the our studio remodelling. 

Since we opened up our studio to the public one year ago, we have seen many new faces visting our creative space.

With that in mind, we have been busy working to remodel our studio for the Brisbane Open House event which happened over the weekend.

It was fantastic to see so many of our dogstar fans coming in to hear Masayo speak about her design process, how dogstar came to be and what inspires her designs for dogstar,

Just in case you missed out on the event, here is a snap shot looking over our studio and store outlet.



No need to miss out again, we invite you to visit our dogstar studio yourself!

Keep posted with more construction soon to be built right here at our Brisbane studio.

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Kick off Laika

30/09/15 4:38 PM

Masayo has recently come back from her travels where she has found a beautiful silk fabric.

With the festive season coming soon, we have decided to kick off the Laika range with Borealis Top and Tunic!

Taking on a wild inspiration from a lost galaxy reopened, the splash of bold colours and electrifying patterns is perfect for summer.

Don't be fooled by the strong colour combinations... dyed onto this delicate silk, you wouldn't miss out on seeing the fabric flow through the summer breeze.

Ecclectic, Festive, Bold and Light, how would you descirbe this print?

Juggle up your wardrobe and add a mixture of Borealis.

Read on in our upcoming blog to see the borealis Tunic handmade right here at our Brisbane Studio (Australia).



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Have you heard?

dogstar is at it again!

A few weeks ago, Masayo was approached by Heather from One Wybelenna Spa with her request for a dogstar uniform!

We started off by choosing some of Heather's favourite pieces from dogstar's archive (how lucky!)

However because this was to be used daily as a uniform, we had to reconsider many design features to accomodate practical needs for each therapist at One Wybelenna Spa.


One particular fabric certainly caught Heather's attention. That was the Tapis fabric, both textured and colourful.

From there we designed a neckline that was both tailored for the front of house presentation as well as soft for easy movement during treatments.


Would you know... they look fantastic!

Here are some snap shots of how our little meeting turned into an amazing project!


Dear Heather and the One Wybelenna team,

We hope you all enjoy wearing your uniforms as much as we have enjoyed making them for you!

Please keep us posted with images of your wearing the lovely tunics...

Wishing you all the best for the launch of the One Wybelenna spa!


Warm Regards,

Masayo and the dogstar team.



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See you Again!

5/08/15 10:11 AM

Who now do we say is 'frenchie'? Nobody but you Laure!

Dear Laurie, this is not goodbye but rather see you soon!

Stop by anytime at our studio to say hello. We must keep in touch!


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And the beats go...

28/07/15 9:55 AM

Hear the beats go!

We recently had the priviledge to design a cuff for 
percussion soloist, Claire Novak.

Her upcoming performance with the Melbourne and 
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's required Claire to be 
attached to rope which is then attached to tubular 
bells! Intrigueing is it not?

Claire Testing out the new instrument. (image taken by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Instagram)

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