fashion inspiration: kim kneipp…
Posted in australia, fashion, stylists September 8th, 2010 by pia

Back in July, when I found the beautiful photography portfolio belonging to Australian photographer Olga Bennett, I was intrigued and inspired by her images (seen here above and below) of fashion stylist Kim Kneipp a.k.a the sustainable stylist. Doing a little research online, I soon discovered that Kim and I share the same passion and ethos – we are both striving for sustainable style in our everyday lives with the hope to inspire others to consume less. But while my work and focus leans toward interiors and homewares,  Kim’s focus is fashion. She not only works as a personal stylist  – which includes teaching you to “shop your own closet” (love this idea!), accompanied shopping trips, colour & style consultations, and tailored alterations –  but Kim also facilitates sustainable design workshops, teaching people how to refashion their tired garments into fabulous new ensembles. The idea is that you bring a suitcase to the workshop packed full of old favourites that you are no longer wearing, and for 3 hours or so, you  “unpick, drape, reconfigure and rework your old friperies.”

I love the idea of these workshops, it is something I’ve been looking for for years in fact. The sustainable stylist workshops are currently held on Saturdays in Daylesford and Trentham in Central Victoria, Australia where Kim has recently set up home having moved from Melbourne. Click here to find out dates and times. I’ll definitely be going along next time I’m in Oz…

more gorgeous photos of Kim and her home, photography by Olga Bennett

Kim has also started a blog and although it is only a few months old, it is already filled with lots of great tips and ideas. I’m so excited to have found her, and I can’t wait to see more from her in the months to come.


For more information and contact details for the sustainable stylist, click here.

All images in this post are by Olga Bennett, click here to view her full portfolio.

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  1. linda dacey says

    This is a great philosophy and whilst I am incapable of sewing/transforming clothes I am surely a reluctant fashion consumer; I come to realise that my denim jackets are 15 years old and my favorite belt 22! aaargh…

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  2. tammy says

    amazing space and i love this photographer.

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  3. zoe says

    Oh, that would be so much fun! I could definitely do with a wardrobe revamp after living with the same very limited selection for 3 years now. Even my favourites are becoming jaded. And how could you not be inspired by that beautiful house?! See you there :o)

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  4. Lauren says

    Those are such brilliant ideas and such gorgeous photo’s!

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  5. Freshly Found says

    What a great concept. Would LOVE a visit to her.

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  6. John Kim says

    Wow those are some great images. I’ve got to start focusing more on my own photography work. How does she get such great colors. I love it.

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  7. Cath says

    Kim’s work is AMAZING -I’ve known about her services for a while now through my hairdresser but it was only yesterday that I found her new blog and the workshop details. I’m hoping to do a shop your closet session soon – very cool!
    x Cath

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  8. Brooke says

    Gorgeous things here, as usual, Pia! I would love to get my hands on some of that old measuring tape in the first photo.

    Love the feel of these works. Little potted succulents…sigh. love.

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  9. Jeanne Wolf says

    What beautiful and amazing ideas. I wonder if anyone else finds it difficult to throw out their special clothes. I have simply outgrown some of my best ‘friends’, but still they hang in my closet.

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  10. Mandy says

    Just wonderful !!!

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  11. Carla says

    In the past you have asked for questions and/or inspiration for blog post ideas. I would love some tea recommendations. Good tea can be terribly hard to find in the US and mail-order can be expensive if you don’t know what to purchase. An Education in Tea by PJB if you please!

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  12. nyla says

    pia, this is so inspiring! kim’s business idea is brilliant. i wish we had somebody like her in my neck of the woods. (hopefully soon.) my clothes have been falling apart these last couple of years because i just can’t bring myself to go to a mall (yuck) or buy any more disposable clothing. it’s a real pickle when you don’t know how to sew very well and there are no decent vintage shops worth their salt.

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  13. rossana says

    Lovely photos and great idea!

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  14. Lolo says

    Those photos are stunning. I’m going to check out her blog now. A quick glance tells me that the layout is amazing!!

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  15. Laughter-Loving Stacy says

    That is really cool! Very fun. 🙂

    September 12th, 2010 | #

  16. prickigkatt says

    Oh my! I just love that head piece, as well as the rest of the post and along with most of your posts , it really inspires me and makes me feel happy inside, thank you millions you are really GOOD:)


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