Interview with Arthur Galan, on Designers For Daffodil Day

Monday 2 August, 2010

Happiness. That's the word Australian designer Arthur Galan uses to describe the colour yellow. And when you see the flower inspired, silk-draped cocktail dress he created for Designers For Daffodil Day, you can't help but feel happy.

"Someone will see something yellow and think ‘I can't wait to put that on'," says Arthur.

"So I thought, let's take the colour yellow because it's very spring/summer, and try to create something for a girl to throw on and feel gorgeous in as she goes to the Spring Racing Carnival.

"And we glammed it up with a one shoulder strap with a gold chain and the silk thread through it."

He even replicated the dress to feature in his collection.

"But you have the only one that's in yellow," he says with a grin.

And lucky for us at Cancer Council, Daffodil Day is something Arthur feels passionately about, which is why he wanted to become involved in the first place. He is one of eight Australian designers who created a garment inspired by Daffodil Day and the colour of hope.

"It's such a devastating disease and if there's anything you can do to help the cause, it's important you do it. You look at the stats and how many are touched by cancer and you don't know if you will be next," Arthur says.

"The devastation that can happen to people when they hear that word - cancer - and their life is just turned upside down."

The reality is, one in two will be affected by cancer at some point in their lives.

From 31 July, people can vote for their favourite Designers For Daffodil Day item for the chance to win a $1000 MIMCO voucher or make a contribution to Daffodil Day to go in the draw to win one of the exclusive pieces.

All funds raised support cancer research, prevention programs and support services for cancer patients and their families.

Thank you to all the designers who created beautiful garments inspired by Daffodil Day and the colour of hope: Akira Isogawa, Arthur Galan, Bettina Liano, Rachael Gilbert, Jason Grech, Jayson Brunsdon, Gail Elliot and Camilla Frank.

To view the Designers for Daffodil Day garments or to register to volunteer and help sell Daffodil Day merchandise, visit www.daffodilday.com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.

Updated: 02 Aug, 2010