After a successful stint on the British modelling circuit, and a past life as a real-life rocker, Harmony Boucher has landed back in Adelaide.
How were you discovered?
I was discovered in the UK after my music manager sent my photos to Models 1 in London. Julien Miachon [director and founder of Heroes Models] saw my picture and immediately claimed me!
You’re obviously an accomplished model now, but you’re also a musician – tell us about that. What sort of music do you play?
I was in a band for seven years; [we were] compared to bands like Nine Inch Nails – loud, noisy and giant melodies. I now make cute little folky pop songs!
Your androgynous look has landed you some big jobs, including walking for Gucci menswear. What was that experience like?
It was incredible. To get to spend a week in Milan being fitted and having outfits created specifically for me was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Also being one of the first ever girls to walk in a Gucci menswear show was an opportunity I will never forget.
What about other career highlights?
I have worked with some amazing photographers and creatives; highlights would have to be shooting the main fashion stories with [photographer] Steven Meisel for Vogue America and Vogue Italia. I was lucky enough to work with [photographer] Nick Knight, [hair stylist] Sam McKnight and [MUA] Pat McGrath early on in my career, which taught me so much about fashion.
You walked in the Camilla show at last year’s Melbourne Fashion Week. The show was an incredible showcase of diversity in fashion, what did it mean for you to be part of this parade?
It was such a beautiful show that Deni [Todorovic, Fashion Director] and their team put together. The atmosphere, both during the show and backstage, was different to anything I’ve ever experienced. I felt safe and seen and encouraged to have fun. Which I did!
What did that experience tell you about the future of fashion in this country?
The future of fashion is the great unknown. I do feel that with the internet there are so many new designers emerging through non-traditional means. I believe we will continue to see fashion become non-binary and I hope that we will also have new designers working with new sustainable materials.
As a side-step to modelling and music, you were recently involved in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – tell me about this.
I have been involved in entertainment from a young age and not always as a performer. I love the inner workings of production and have been a show and events producer for many years. I was producing events from a young age with my family’s theatre company and putting on shows for the many bands I was involved with over the years. I love helping artists’ visions come to life and creating joyful immersive experiences through entertainment.
You were born in Adelaide, grew up in the north east of England and later lived in London – and now you’re back. What brings you home?
After two decades traveling overseas my immediate family has begun moving back here, [so] I have come back to help my sisters renovate their new places and spend time getting to know my nieces and nephews. I have also recently signed on with local agency, The Models!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
With any luck, I’ll be following the sun in a motorhome or tiny house I’ve renovated, whilst helping to organise sustainable, inclusive events Australia-wide.