WAH-WAH Australia is pleased to announce the launch of its first range of collaboration knit jumpers!
Designed in Sydney and inspired by the punk rock record covers, gig posters and old-school comics beloved by designer Kaylene Milner since she was a teenager, WAH-WAH reimagines awesome music designs as wearable art. A collaboration with local artists behind artwork for independent bands Hard-Ons, The Meanies and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, as well as Melbourne musician, cartoonist and album/poster art legend Ben Montero, WAHWAH's first range is a marriage of the elements of pop culture that is bright, loud, and proudly tongue-in-cheek. The seeds of WAH-WAH were first planted in high school when Milner saw a photo of Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis wearing a Deep Wound sweater his mother had knitted for him. The image stayed with her even as she worked on her first high end label, Kaylene Milner. Despite the success and critical acclaim it garnered, Milner felt she wanted to do somethingdifferent as a designer. Finally, after more than a decade, WAH-WAH Australia was born.
Working closely with local manufacturers to perfect the design process, WAH-WAH's jumpers are made in Australiausing Australian wool. Milner is passionate about supporting the local garment industry and ensuring fair work for fair pay. Mostly by word-of-mouth, the pre-order demand for this range exceeded all expectations.
WAH-WAH Australia is a newly founded Sydney knitwear brand from designer Kaylene Milner.
Kaylene Milner studied musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before deciding to change paths entirely, leaving to study fashion at the Fashion Design Studio at Ultimo TAFE. She interned with Gary Bigeni during her studies, and her graduate collection showed in the Innovators runway show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in 2012. That same year she won a global mentorship prize through Fashion Future, interning with Diane von Furstenburg in
New York City. She currently plays trumpet in an internationally touring brass band and for a decade was a member of a notorious South Coast punk band with an infamously wild live show.
Ben Montero is an Australian musician, illustrator and cartoonist. He was in Treetops, is one half of Early Woman, and fronts his own pop outfit Montero. His watercolour cartoons have featured in publications like Vice and the Australian Book Review. He has done artwork for the likes of POND, Beaches, Mac De Marco and Ariel Pink to name a few. WAH-WAH has collaborated with Montero on two jumpers; the first is based on a panel from his ongoing series of Froggy cartoons, and the second features his album art for Donna Chang.
Hard-Ons formed in 1981 and is one of Australia's most iconic punk rock bands. They are the country's most successful independent band (with over 250,000 records sold worldwide and 17 consecutive No. 1 hits on the Australian alternative charts) and have a cult following internationally, particularly in Europe. The WAH-WAH x Hard- Ons jumper is based on a 1994 promo poster by guitarist Ray Ahn for their single 'Just Being With You' on Waterfront Records. (Though the original artwork was created in 1989.)
The Meanies are an Australian indie punk rock band formed in 1988. Throughout the '90s they toured Australia, Japan and Europe with bands like Nirvana, The Lemonheads, Pop Will Eat Itself, Redd Kross, Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam and Bad Brains. The WAH-WAH x The Meanies jumper is based on the cover of their 1994 album Televolution by singer Link Meanie.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard is a massively prolific seven-piece psychedelic rock band from Melbourne. In their five years they have released two EPs and six albums, and recently played Glastonbury Festival in the UK. The majority of their artwork is done by visual artist and longtime collaborator Jason Galea. The WAH-WAH x King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard jumper is based on Galea's animation for the film clip to their song 'The River'.