Inspiration in Waves

An article in the Sunshine Coast Daily following our inclusion in the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival (October 2015)

INSPIRED by the rhythmic cycle of the ocean, a Coolum Beach swimwear designer has launched her first range, Sets of Seven.

Tara McNeela’s label, released on Instagram in October, was the first to be accepted for the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival later this year.

Ms McNeela said Sets of Seven represents ocean waves, which rolled in sets of seven. The naturalistic prints are watercolour designs created with a print designer and manufactured in Brisbane.

“I worked with an upcoming print designer on all of the prints. I was approached initially to collaborate and we met and discussed the vision of my label and the influence/inspiration of the first collection,” Ms McNeela said.

“I chose prints I thought could work and then worked with the print designer on getting them right.”

The 33-year-old had no formal design training but design was in her blood, she said, with a long family history of tailors and pattern makers.

As a child growing up on the Sunshine Coast her mum made her swim suits until she was given her first pair of “store bought” swimmers at age 13.

Ms McNeela said she loved the feeling of buying a new bikini. “I was inspired to produce pieces that are well fitting and wearable as well as being individual with a luxury feel.”

Ms McNeela said she had always needed a creative outlet but only realised her calling after her father died in 2010, when she became determined to run a successful fashion label.

Sets of Seven can be found at Peregian Beach Market, Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival and at

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