Tania Olsen has always loved making things. As a child she learnt to sew and, by the time she was a teenager, was already designing and creating her own clothes. After graduating from a fashion design certificate course, she began designing for bridal and evening wear boutiques in Brisbane. She gained valuable experience in many aspects of the trade including pattern making, quality control, sales and fittings and some of her designs were shown at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
Soon Tania decided it was time to go out on her own and started creating made-to-measure garments for formals, brides and mothers of the bride. In 2010 she opened the Sentani retail store, initially buying in other labels. She designed and produced one evening gown and it was a hit with other stockists. It was this one dress that spurred her on to create an evening collection and the Tania Olsen label was born.
The Tania Olsen brand is now one of Australia’s leading labels for bridal, bridesmaid and evening wear. It is stocked in over 100 retailers throughout Australia and will soon be expanding to the USA and UK. Tania won the Wedding and Events of Australia Bridesmaid Designer of the year in 2014 and her range has been featured in several bridal magazines.
Tania also created the Poseur label, which offers a range of affordable bridesmaid, wedding and evening dresses. Both the Tania Olsen and Poseur labels come in a large range of colour options and a size range from 4–30.