Created the ethical Children's wear clothing company Mickey Rose at 21
Current professional job title:
Business owner of Mickey Rose
Can't start the day without: Looking at my daily list but more importantly a positive mantra.
Most efficient: From about 9am until lunch time, ‘hours of power!’
Most effective day to day productivity tool: Are all of my lists!
Most random job: Being an elf for Santa photos.
Music that sets my heart on fire: Anything by FLUME, he's a legend!
Non-negotiable: Cross Fit, me time and dates with friends.
Mindful habits: Yoga and meditation.
Most afraid of: Getting really sick again, but I mostly say I’m not afraid of anything.
Go to for fun: Nights out with friends, good food and a few drinks, or sunshine and the beach!
What led you to focus your studies in fashion?
When I was in Year 12, I wasn't very interested in the whole going to school thing. I went out a lot, I had a lot of friends, I had a boyfriend and all those things. I loved fashion - I always have. And I was really good at it. It was pretty much the only subject that I was consistently good at. I was also really good with people, so my parents kept pushing the whole psychology path but it was pretty brief and fleeting. I thought I should give it a try but I ended up failing a Science subject, so I decided I really didn’t want to do it.
I kept up with the fashion industry and then got into fashion design and technology at RMIT University Melbourne. I was really into the course, it was perfect because it was short but intense and really hands-on, which was exactly what I was looking for.
Before my course started my dad passed away and for about two years after that I was pretty much sick constantly. I didn't even really know what it was, so we were always looking for answers. I was in and out of hospitals, with doctors, and then I got to the point where I realised that I was just broken. I was ridden with anxiety and I wasn't sick in the way that the doctors were going to find anything. It was really hard to try and make people understand that you can feel physically sick just from being anxious. It presents itself in so many ways. I would just sleep and sleep and sleep. It was disgusting, I never want be back there.
Just as my course was about to start people were saying, “take another gap year, take another break”, I was like, “you know what? I'm just going do it. I'm going to study”. It’s one of the hardest courses to get into in Australia, so I was very honoured to be there.
What was your university experience like after you decided to go for it?
One of the big projects was for Jeans West. We had to go to their head office and talk them through our mood boards, trying to sell Jeans West our look books with the outfits we had each created. We were in a group of three, and I started to notice that I took total control of the groups for every project. Everyone always called me the big boss, they would say ‘Adriana's bossing everyone around today’, - I was such a taskmaster. I would say 'everyone's going to do this, it's going be like this, we're going to present it like this and tomorrow in the presentation, I'll talk.' [laughs]