Paula Stafford was born on 10 June 1920 in Melbourne. She was an Australian businesswoman and fashion designer who is credited with the introduction of the bikini to Australia.
She was described as “Australia’s original bikini designer” by Graeme Potter, who was the director of Queensland Museum South Bank.
The Emily McPherson School of Domestic Economy was where Paula studied dress design.
In 1993, Paula Stafford was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to the fashion industry and was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in 2013.
She published her autobiography, Bikini: the Paula Stafford story, which she co-wrote with Ali McGovern, in 2010.
Stafford died in June 2022, at the age of 102.
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