Meet The Brisbane Bridal Designer Taking On New York

Meet The Brisbane Bridal Designer Taking On New York

And he’s not slowing down.

By Tamille Head | 2nd November 2017

Growing up in Brisbane as the son of internationally recognised and award-winning bridal designer, Wendy Sullivan, Jack Sullivan’s life has been heavily entrenched in the fashion and design industry.

Whilst working on the business side of his mother’s bridal line, a gown he doodled on a notepad got produced and was featured on the cover of Queensland Bride Magazine, sparking his desire to create an eponymous label. After years of studying design under Wendy’s guidance, Jack Sullivan Bridal was launched in 2012, creating his own unique style, reflecting a combination of old-fashioned elegance and modern-day playfulness. His gowns are becoming popular with brides and industry observers alike, for their unique use of fabric and Jack’s talent for customisation.

Now, the Brisbane boy is going from strength to strength, having recently returned from showing his latest collection at New York Bridal Fashion Week.

“It was something that I kind of dreamed of, but didn't think would happen,” he says.

“When the opportunity came up a couple of years ago to do New York Bridal Fashion Week it was so surreal. It has been a really cool experience and I love that I get to go back every year.”

While in New York, Jack had the honour of shooting his latest collection at The Intercontinental Barclay in the super-exclusive Vanderbilt Suite. The recently renovated suite, with its old-world glamour and modern-day styling tied in well with Jacks current collection and the general ethos of his label.

And while his time in New York involved attending launch parties and mingling with international designers that he had always had admired and would be showing alongside, against the New York City sky line, Jack’s passion for design is what keeps him going back time and time again.

“It was a pretty amazing experience and something I will always remember,” Jack says. “My whole goal in this fashion game, has been just make sure this is my job. I don't want to do anything else, I love it.”

Images: Dustin Walker

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Article by Tamille Head

Tamille was a Journalist at Style Magazines. She enjoys green smoothies and gin & soda (with cucumber) in equal measures. When she’s not writing about lifestyle trends, she can be found heading to gigs, adding to her hat collection, or ducking down to the coast for a salt water fix. She can rarely be found in the kitchen because pizza is life.