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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

A new beginning, 2019

Dagmar Cyrulla

Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

Kym Ellery is the founder of fashion label ‘Ellery’. She is part Maori and grew up in Karratha, Western Australia. With nothing but ambition and courage she conceived her label, with her work taking her to the catwalks of Paris and drawing high-profile admirers such as Rihanna and Cate Blanchett. In recent times she has had to close her business in Australia and focus on the international market. She has been criticised for this. I know her as Kym: warm, strong, funny, elegant and courageous. I want others to see her like that, and to be proud to have her as another amazing Australian woman.

People's Choice Award

Darling Portrait Prize

Voting closes Sunday 26 April 2020. Terms and conditions apply.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.