Born in Australia Lisa Ho had the fashion and textile bug from when she was a young child. Following in the footsteps of her grandmother Lisa began sewing when she was only four. This early experience with fabric and textiles only encouraged her passion, going on to do formal training in fashion design. Her initial stint working for a company led her to a resolve that she wanted to create something of her own. Starting out in the Paddington Markets led to her work being recognized for its unique qualities. This attention gave Lisa the encouragement she needed to begin her brand. Lisa Ho continued to wow the public including several celebrities who fell in love with the romantic and vintage aesthetic, where she could source and create striking textiles.
Her high profile links to A listers and the major role she takes in shaping the Australian fashion industry prompted the recognition of her work in Australian fashion during the opening of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Humbled by the appreciation Lisa Ho hopes to inspire other upcoming designer. Reminding us the appreciation of beauty is evident in all forms of design from art to music, it is all an inspiration process.
Like many of Australia’s fashion designers, fresh out of college in 1982, Lisa Ho started her career at the Paddington markets with her designs that quickly brought her retail and media attention and began the Lisa Ho brand.
With a design philosophy inspired by the romanticism of vintage textiles, Lisa Ho has been at the forefront of the Australian Fashion Industry for the past 22 years.
The Lisa Ho brand has continued to build into one of the most recognised brands in Australia and has a strong celebrity following with signature pieces being worn by Delta Goodrem, Sarah Wynter, Elle Macpherson, Sarah Michelle Geller, Olivia Newton John and Jennifer Lopez.
Her international reputation, was first recognized during the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony, which featured a special Lisa Ho designed segment celebrating her role in Australian fashion. Lisa was also asked to design the gown worn by Oliva Newton John for her performance to welcome the Olympic athletes.
Today Lisa Ho has culminated in a national signature store base of 10, an exclusive department store arrangement with David Jones and representation in over 250 boutiques both local and internationally, conquering even the online fashion market of today.