STRAIGHT OUT OF BANKSTOWN AND READY TO TAKE ON THE FASHION WORLD
LOCAL BANKSTOWN FASHION DESIGNER Ginan ‘G’ Tabbouch is getting ready to launch her
fashion label at Australian Fashion Week - MBFWA next week (Wednesday 16 May).
Unisex street wear is the focus of her namesake brand, GTAB, and the new Resort 2019 Collection 'S8 OUTA BNX’ is designed and made locally, whilst taking its inspiration from the the rapper
movement of the 1970’s. “That was such an amazing time for music, for the youth movement, and people were energised and politically aware too,” she says. “I like to tell my stories, through my music and fashion, about the world I see around me.” Ginan grew up in Bankstown with Syrian and Brazilian parents and she is passionate about voicing stories of the youth from postcode 2200, and the 'S8 OUTA BNX’ collection is a commentary on the issues that face them - domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness, racial profiling and racism.
“I am proud to represent the youth of the west, to create a platform to allow them to be heard. It’s important to have a voice and to be able say ‘we exist, we are here’ and to talk about the issues
that are around us.” Ginan is a ‘triple threat’ with fashion, music and film studies already under her belt. As well as her fashion label, G will also be launching her debut rap single at Fashion Week.
“Fashion and music collide and interchange in my world - there’s a synergy there. I tell my stories through rapping and through designing. In music the beat is up but the lyrics can pack a punch. Its the same in my fashion designs - the colours draw you in but look closely and you can see my message,” she says. The colours are bold, the prints are loud, the designs are over-sized. G says “people look at hoodies and baggy jeans and think “thugs” but sometimes they don't see the need to feel protected and secure and safe, that's what these clothes represent to me.” Fabrics include denim and G's own prints featuring lyrics from her rap album which will debut on the runway during fashion week. Ginan uses both the music and fashion worlds as a means of storytelling, seamlessly moving between them and infusing both with a poetic and political intensity. As G says “its time to shake things up!” Ginan is a recent graduate of Raffles School of Design and Commerce. During her student years Ginan studied as an exchange student at the prestigious Politecnico Di Milano and, while living in Milan, worked in-house at RED Valentino. Ginan’s awards include 1st Place Evening Wear (Woolmark, Tamworth 2014) and Virgin Australia’s Young Designer Award (2016). She also interned at the costume department of Walt Disney World, Florida and has studied at the New York Film Academy.