Combining her passions for fashion, self-expression and social change, Vicky Kidd-Gallichan is fighting for a future where everyone is accepted for who they are and how they look. She’s the founder of cult couture fashion brand Rockstars and Royalty, as well as the Just Be Revolution, a movement that aims to change how we feel about ourselves and how we see others.
Vicky spreads her messages about sewing, upcycling, sustainable fashion, and cruelty-free beauty through Youtube, encouraging people to consume with a conscience and break free from trends and beauty standards to create their own unique look.
Originally from the UK, Vicky says she wouldn’t have been able to achieve all she has in any other city than Canberra.
“Canberra is bursting with opportunities for success and support for small businesses and great ideas. I’ve been lucky enough to work with and be guided by some very accomplished mentors and innovators who have seen the potential and possibilities in my crazy ideas, for both Rockstars and Royalty and The Just Be Revolution.
Apart from the amazing creative people and clients that I’ve been lucky enough to work with, the other thing that has made the biggest difference to me is space! I’m lucky enough to have a large, private home studio where I work and see clients, something that would have been impossible for me to have back in my home town in England, or if I was based somewhere like Sydney or Melbourne. Working from home also lets me have a great work/life balance, which is important to me as I have a young daughter.
It’s also the most stress-free city I’ve ever been to. There is plenty of open space. There’s room to breathe and move. We have great cafes and restaurants, great local produce and wine. There’s a thriving art, music and creative scene. There’s always something worth seeing at one of the galleries, often for free. And I will never get tired of seeing a spectacular sunset over the Brindabella’s. Canberra is a hidden gem that only those who understand its true beauty get to enjoy.”Play Video