Hajar Gala launched Maison de Challie amid the glittering excitement of 1990’s Sydney, where she was a key influence in the genesis of Australian couture. Her Strand Arcade showroom attracted celebrity clients; and a reputation as a master couturier earned her international acclaim.
As one of the first designers to bring couture to Australian fashion, Hajar’s collections were a special feature at the celebrated Australian Couturiers Ball for many years. Her Black and White Collection and sensual hand-painted Silk Collection dazzled audiences. After featuring her 1997 collection at the Sydney Opera House couture extravaganza, Mondo Moda—a ground-breaking event for Australian couture—she was invited to show at Florence’s Palazzo Pitti. It was the first Australian collection to be shown in Europe, captivating international fashionistas from Rome to New York.
Since then, Hajar has been dressing celebrities from around the world. A favourite of red carpet stylists, she has dressed some of Australia’s most iconic figures, including Tara Morice, Kerri-Anne Kennerly and Melissa George, as well as Azerbaijani star Röya.