OPUS 9 is the brainchild of Vicki Karaminas & Justine Taylor.

Justine Taylor has been designing collections for the past twelve years, since graduating from East Sydney Tech in 2000. Her first eponymous label, Justine Taylor sold to Barney’s in Japan, and was stocked next to the likes of Anne Demeulemeester and Martin Margiela. Her second diffusion label, JUSTINE.TAYLOR.MADE retailed into over 40 boutiques throughout Australasia, including into department stores in Taiwan and stockists in Singapore. Both labels were showcased at Australian Fashion week for the six or so years of their existence, with extensive coverage portrayed in both print and on digital media platforms.

Vicki Karaminas is Associate Professor and the Director of Research at the School of Design, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She is the president and chair of fashion for the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (2012–2015) and the treasurer and chair of subcultural style and identity for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Her book publications include The Men’s Fashion Reader (Berg, 2009); Fashion in Fiction: Text and Clothing in Literature, Film and Television (Berg, 2009); Fashion and Art (Bloomsbury, 2012); Queer Style (Bloomsbury, 2013); Shanghai Street Style (Intellect, 2013); Fashion in Popular Culture: Literature, Media and Contemporary Studies (Intellect, 2013) and Sydney Street Style (Intellect, 2014 in press). She is the principle editor (with Joseph Hancock) of the journal Fashion, Style and Popular Culture (Intellect, Bristol)

OPUS 9 was born in 2008: an ‘opus’ describing a body of work, with the ‘9’ marking the ninth collection. OPUS 9 is black, and because of this the pieces from the continuous collection can all be worn together – effectively rendering it as one body of work. OPUS 9 is retailed privately and online. By cutting out the storefront retailer OPUS 9 can sell these tailor made, hand crafted, bespoke pieces at a wholesale price. OPUS 9 uses the best fabrics, imported from Italy and Japan, in combination with expert cuts, to ensure both client satisfaction and clothing that lasts.

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