Lisa Ho runs one of Australia's most popular and long-established fashion labels. A graduate of East Sydney Technical College, Ho produced her first collection in 1982 and by 1989 was recognised with a Fashion Industries of Australia Award. Ho has worked across all levels of the industry; designing, manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing a wide range of womenswear designs including swimwear, jeans, daywear, active wear, evening wear and special occasion dresses.
Ho's evening wear received prominent media coverage in 2003 when Australian actor Sarah Wynter wore a Ho designed beaded chiffon dress to the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. The Sydney Morning Herald's fashion writer Natasha Silva-Jelly reported the American commentators surprise at finding Wynter wearing a dress by an Australian designer at a time when most celebrities were dressed in high profile European designer labels 'Apparently stepping out in an ensemble from her homeland was the fashion equivalent of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, never mind that designer Lisa Ho has long been a well-known name on the Australian fashion scene.' Sydney Morning Herald November 11 2003.
Lisa Ho received further attention when Australian TV star and musician Delta Goodrem wore this beaded chiffon gown to the ARIA Music Awards in Sydney in October 2003. Goodrem won an unprecedented seven awards resulting in substantial media coverage of her in the dress. Ho's success reflected the growing importance of fashion designer/celebrity relationships with celebrities and their stylists looking for the ultimate photo opportunity dress to wear down the red carpet. The confluence of Goodrem's ARIA success and Ho's elegant gown made for an indelible image that also led to numerous media articles reflecting more broadly on the recent international success and 'coming of age' of Australian fashion through the success of Australian designers on the international market.