Fresh from international fashion runways, local designer Suzi Knezovic has returned home with a new wave of ambition.

She may be just 19, and five foot two but she’s sky-rocketing in the industry.

Nicole Keijzer reports.


Suzi was the youngest designer at Brisbane and New York’s Fashion Week.

But New York wasn’t all she’d hoped for.

Suzi Knezovic, Designer: “New York did show me a bit of its rough sides, there were a bit of challenges and sticky situations.”

Her Suzii K label draws inspiration from the likes of Valentino, but her methods are very home-grown.

Suzi Knezovic, Designer: “I’ve actually coffee stained my garments by myself, with natural coffee of course.”

Former teacher and fellow designer, Hilde Heim, says Suzi is a beacon of light.

Hilde Heim, Suzi’s Teacher/Designer: “I think she’s great, she’s doing it right, she’s doing hard work and yes she’s designing and making dresses, but she’s also communicating with people a lot.”

Suzi’s next big step is to stock her garments on James Street, where established labels like Aje, Zimmerman and Sass & Bide flourished.

Suzi says breaking into the industry wasn’t easy, and urges other emerging designers to work hard.

Nicole Keijzer, QUT News.