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Our Story

"A Silk Diva piece should reflect the woman wearing it...vibrant, original and ready to take on the world"

 It really began long before I was born but even without the family connections I have always had a deep love of fabric, making clothes, fashion, and a fascination with China. So when I inherited a lace tablecloth, a rosewood box and two blue dragons, these items just tapped in to an underlying stream of consciousness that led to the creation of Silk Diva.

My Great, Grandmother Amy was a tall, olive skinned lady who took what life gave her and made the most of it. When she realised her husband Roland was a dreamer not a worker, she opened a lace workshop in the attic of ‘Carrisbrook’ their large home in Randwick, where she employed many girls and proceeded to make lace for the big garment companies in Sydney. She not only kept the family, but also put the children through private schools and Roland, a painter, never felt he was kept – he was always head of the family!

The Chinese connection started in Hong Kong where my Great Great Uncle, William Farmer, Roland’s father, his wife and two daughters are buried. He was an entrepreneur and prominent hotelier in the early 20th century who owned ‘The Swan’ hotel on Shamian Island, near Guangzhou, and his story most certainly played a part in further stirring my interest in the Orient.

So in 2005 when a two-year contract to teach English for the Hong Kong Government came up, I jumped, and by the end of the two years Silk Diva was born. Happily this meant returning twice a year to buy fabric and have garments made. Preferring silk and a curated selection of other fabrics, I learnt about pattern making, cutting and stitching, right down to the final touches, such as buttons and zips. It has been a personal journey of creativity and discovery.

"Silk Diva is born from my deep love of making clothes, gorgeous fabrics and a passion for exotic destinations.

Over the years I have fostered close personal relationships with all my tailors and their families, often sharing traditional meals with them and visiting their homes. From the silk markets of Hangzhou and Suzhou in the north, to Humen in Southern China my business dealings with pearl and silk workshops, tailors and currently, two sisters and their husbands, Silk Diva has evolved into a small boutique label. All runs are small and everyone in the line from design, to production and dispatch, enjoys good working conditions and fair pay.

The LDJ - Little Diva Jacket by Silk Diva is continuing to evolve with new prints and fabrication, along with a new Bomber jacket style, made here in Sydney in collaboration with designer Helena Stuart. This year an exciting original print inspired by the Australian ocean, will also be available in my 2021 Spring Range.

- Anna Pryor

 

Size Tables (in cms)

Below is the Silk Diva Size Chart  for Silk Diva Clothing

Sizing Guide           SILK DIVA CLOTHING  
SIZE XS S M L XL XXL
8 10 12 14 16 18
BUST (cm) 87 92 97 102 107 112
WAIST (cm) 67 72 77 82 87 92
HIPS (cm) 94 99 104 109 114 119

 

Still need to convert? 

Here is a link to International Size Conversion Chart

http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_womens.htm

 

Hints   - Buy a Robe 1 size bigger if you like a lot of wrapover

           - Diva/Dan sizes can be made to measure

            -  All nightdresses are bias cut so will stretch and mould comfortably to your figure 

w's long robe   S/10 M/12 L/14 XL/16 XXL/18 Diva
length   122 124 126 128 130
bust   120 123 126 129 132
waist   120 123 126 129 132
hips   120 123 126 129 132
           
w's long nightdress   S M L XL XXL Diva
length   126 128 130 132 134
bust   93 96 99 102 105
waist   83 86 89 92 95
hips   97 100 103 106 109
w's short nightdress   S M L XL XXL Diva
length   94 96 98 100 102
bust   93 96 99 102 105
waist   83 86 89 92 95
hips   97 100 103 106 109
w's pjs   S M L XL XXL Diva
shirt length   68 70 72 74 76
bust   112 116 120 124 128
waist   100 105 110 115 120
hips   110 115 120 125 130
w's camisole set   S M L XL XXL Diva
top length   58 60 62 64 66
bust   93 96 99 102 105
waist   83 86 89 92 95
hips   97 100 103 106 109
pants length   26 28 30 32 34
hips   104 108 112 116 120
m's long sleeved pjs   S M L XL XXL Diva
shirt length   73 75 77 79 81
chest   116 120 124 128 132
sleeve length   55.7 57 58.3 59.6 61
pants length   99.5 101.5 103.5 105.5 107.5
hips   114 118 122 126 130
 
m's robe   S M L XL XXL Dan
length   117 120 123 126 129
chest   110 114 118 122 126
sleeve length   58 59 60 61 62