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Suzie has designs on fashion world fame


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H.C. STATHIS & CO Rebecca Richardson LIKE many teenagers, Suzie Rose Vella didn’t know what to wear to her year 12 formal at Casula High School. It was such a dilemma, she decided to make a dress herself. She now looks back and laughs that for one night she was known as ‘‘that dress’’. But ‘‘that dress’’ was to launch her into the highly competitive fashion industry. After leaving school, Mrs Vella went to Macquarie Fields TAFE and then won a coveted place at the East Sydney Fashion Design School.

After working for a fashion designer for 18 months, she decided it was time to go solo. So with her sewing machine and a head full of designs she created Pizutto. ‘‘Pizutto, the name of my label, is my maiden name,’’ the 28-year-old Casula resident said. ‘‘It’s sort of a gesture of appreciation to my parents.’’ Her designs have been shown at two Australian Fashion Week parades and at New York’s Fashion Week last year. Her next goal is have a show on the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week. ‘‘It was hard for a girl from the western sub-

urbs to try to get into East Sydney,’’ Mrs Vella said. ‘‘I came up against a lot of stereotypes. ‘‘But it was the same when I went from Australia to America – you’ve got to prove yourself.’’ Her ranges, she said, are complementary to the female figure and she strives for quality, both in fabric, cut and design. Mrs Vella grew up at The Crossroads but has lived with her husband John at Casula for six years. They both work in the city, but moving isn’t an option. ‘‘I could never imagine myself bringing a family up in the city,’’ she said.

City top for home buyers western Sydney, with Westmead and Blacktown coming second and third behind MORE than $33 million worth of government Liverpool. Liverpool received 1332 grants, with a total grants were used by first-home buyers in Liverpool alone last year – topping the state of $33,607,556 in benefits. United Realty Cecil Hills sales manager Sam as the suburb that snapped up the most Loschiavo said it was probably because of the grants. As grants surpassed the $1 billion mark affordability of the area. ‘‘First-home buyers are coming to the more than $26 billion worth of property was south-west and buying single-storey brickpurchased state-wide. Seven of the 10 top suburbs in NSW were in veneer homes of 15 to 25 years old,’’ he said.

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The first-home grants had also markedly changed the local property market, he said. ‘‘There was lot more activity, a lot more interest and a lot more consumer confidence,’’ Mr Loschiavo said. ‘‘It did raise a lot of interest and I do think sales were up because of the grants.’’ He said property prices probably went up about 5 per cent because of the rush. Recent interest rate rises meant things were starting to slow down, he said.

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Stitched: Suzie Rose Vella is currently showing her highly successful fashion label Pizutto in New York.

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