Megan Hess’ illustrations for Create. are en pointe

Megan Hess, an international fashion artist has an enviable portfolio of luxury clients ranging from Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Givenchy and Dior. To add further jealousy she also illustrated the Berdorf Goodman windows, the Sex And The City books and has created animations for Prada in Milan.

Create. is an innovative endeavour that combines ballet with fashion through elevated interpretations of ‘blank’ pointe shoes that are auctioned to raise funds and awareness for The Australian Ballet. It is an opportunity for fashion designers to put their heart and soul into transforming a pointe shoe into a creative masterpiece and at the same time giving back to the beautiful, classic art form. Since its inception in 2013, Create. has raised tens of thousands of dollars for The Australian Ballet.


Together with The Create. Project, Megan has produced an exclusive collection of divine bespoke illustrations to support the Australian Ballet, specifically raising funds for South Australian ballet dancers.

Create. aims to raise funds for the Australian Ballet and joins fashion and ballet in a marriage of beauty where blank pointe shoes are made into works of art by fashion designers.

Create. was founded in 2013 and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the beautiful art form of ballet.


This year, twelve Create. pointe shoes, decorated by an assortment of local, Australian and international fashion designers were selected for a large-scale illustration by Megan.

The illustrations were available for sale during the exhibition at One Rundle Trading Co but for those who missed out on the night, a range of similar smaller edition prints will also be available for custom orders.

Megan, along with Australian Ballet principal dancer Brooke Lockett mingled with guests at the exclusive event and sipped on rose and sparkling by Longview.


The designers featured in Megan’s signature illustration style includes Viktoria Novak, Akira Isogawa, TY-LR, Steven Kahlil, Rachel Gilbert, Cinquante, Sass & Bide, Paolo Sebastian, ParlourX YSL, Fleur Wood and Ginger & Smart. Ballerina  Brooke Lockett, who was also the event’s guest speaker designed a shoe titled ‘A Thousand Miles’.

“I’ve walked a thousand miles in my custom made pointe shoes and over that time they’ve pushed me to my limits, taken me all over the world, I’ve felt heartache, pain, balance, comfort, discipline, perseverance and passion in them. But mostly, I’ve been taken to the most euphoric place dancing in them,” says Brooke.


Brooke’s shoe tells the story of her childhood dream to be a ballerina and the hard work, sacrifices and dedication which has helped her to achieve her dream.

Adelaide Fashion Festival‘s finale show Paolo Sebastian contributed a shoe to the collection, titled ‘Mystery & Darkness’. The shoe took me back to the character of the black swan in Swan Lake with the feminine lace and feathers decorating it contrasting with the heavy and bold finish.

Images supplied by Sassafras PR

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