Chateau Collectionby Tara Whalley photographed by Dulce Amor

Chateau Collection

The Chateau Collection was created at Tara’s artist residency in 2022 in Champagne, France, for which she received the Denis Diderot (A-i-R) Grant. The collection features her hand-painted artworks reflecting life at the chateau.

Her joyful experience of painting daily, while eating fresh croissants. Her surroundings consisted of antiques, and sweet wildlife, enticing her to explore the surrounding forest, which is filled with wild cherries, and strawberries.

The collection features 10 new prints, and over 17 shapes, ranging from sizes XS-10, many of which are made to order, out of Melbourne Australia.

“Tara Whalley established her self-titled fashion brand in 2015, after returning to Australia after a year of working with war-affected Mayan weavers.  It was this time in Guatemala that formed Tara’s painting practice- translating experience into artwork for the fabric print and a clear direction for the basis of her fashion signature style.  Her collections are made in Melbourne, with natural fibers, digitally printed to reduce environmental impact and utilize offcuts to minimize waste.

Tara’s work has been featured in Paris Fashion Week (2021), New York Fashion Week (2020), Elle Italy, Elle Spain, Vogue, The Age, The Design Files, In Style, and Lamington Drive. Tara was a finalist for the Victorian Premier’s Design Award (twice), Announced as one of Australia’s most exciting Textile Designers (The Design Files), and has won the Frankie Magazine 2019 Fashion Designer Award.”


Tara Whalley partnering with Big Design Market, that’s sponsoring the event “Almost Winter” May 26-28 2023, will be the official artist. Her artwork (from the new Chateau Collection) will be all over the city, on trams and billboards. She will also create a massive art installation, to be on view at the market. In addition to this, a Fashion Interruption (a roving fashion runway) event will be held on May 27th, at noon.

Tara Whalley will be opening the show along with 16 other brands from the market, showcasing their almost Winter Collections. There will also be a free children’s activity, in which they can create a paper doll fashion collection, using upcycled fabric offcuts, from Tara’s NYFW, and PRW runway shows.

General hours of the market:

Friday 26 May, 11 am–8 pm

Saturday 27 May, 10 am–7 pm (Fashion Show at 12pm)

Sunday 28 May, 10 am–5 pm

Where: Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne (Big Design Market), Carlton, Vic

Cost: Big Design Market Tickets: $6, kids (under 12) are free (details on the website) (no extra fee to see the Fashion Interruption)

Shop the Chateau Collection at Tara’s stall at Big Design Market “Almost Winter” or online at from May 29, after the event.

Big Design Market Tickets are available online or at the door


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