Lillardia Briggs-Houston is a Wiradjuri, Gangulu, Yorta Yorta multidisciplinary artist and fashion designer based in Narrungdera/Narrandera, Wiradjuri Country. She produces all her textiles works and garments herself on country adapting traditional Southeast Aboriginal cultural practices like carving, bush dying and weaving into her work. Preferring slow, respectful production to ensure her cultural integrity and sustainable values are upheld and at the forefront of her work.
Lillardia studied fashion at TAFE NSW and has a long history with garment production being taught by her trained Wiradjuri grandmother from a young age. In 2017, she merged her own storytelling through Aboriginal art with her skills in fashion and has continued to create First Nations textiles and garments that merge her love of culture and fashion ever since.
Lillardia’s label was established in 2019 to assert self-determination and empowerment through fashion and textile. Her work has since showcased at Australian Fashion week and Melbourne fashion week, featured in publications such as Vogue Australia, Marie Claire, The Australian, Wild Wellbeing and Peppermint magazine.
She was a nominee for the inaugural 2021 ‘Indigenous designer of the year’ at the Australian Fashion Laureate, dual nominee at the National Indigenous Fashion Awards for three consecutive years and recently in 2022 won the ‘Wearable art’ category.
Through each of Lillardia’s culturally and environmentally sustainable textile and garments, she respectfully highlights the strength, pride, and connection that she feels as a First Nations woman with the aim to use fashion as a catalyst for change.