BROADCASTER. PRESENTER. DESIGNER. CURATOR. ARTIST. AUTHOR. COLLECTOR.
It’s probably a good thing that Claudia Chan Shaw loves hats, because she wears a lot of them. She has a stylish and artfully selected collection, ranging from 1920s cloches, to a leather trilby and a studded skull cap she picked up in New York.
This Sydney born creative has a diverse career spanning art and design, photography, curating, television and radio presenting, arts commentary, public speaking, and collecting. That’s a lot of hats.
With a BA in Visual Communication Design from Sydney College of the Arts, she is co-designer and director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw. The label is renowned for its exquisite handmade knitwear and jewellery. The designs are represented in the permanent collection of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
Claudia has curated a number of fashion exhibitions including Vivian Chan Shaw – 40 Years, A Retrospective and Alfredo Bouret Retrospective, a tribute to the great fashion artist.
She is the curator of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival. Her lantern installation of Rabbits at Customs House delighted Sydney-siders during the 2016 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival. Picture 14 giant bunnies wearing silk waistcoats practicing their Tai Chi. For the 2017 Festival the Rabbits are reimagined as an energetic troupe of eight, working out under the Sydney Harbour Bridge at Dawes Point. Her photography series Poster Boy was presented as part of the 2016 Head On Photo Festival.
Claudia was co-host and presenter on ABC TV’s long-running popular program, Collectors, where her penchant for tin robots, wind-up toys and popular culture was revealed.
Her subsequent book Collectomania: From objects of desire to magnificent obsession, navigates the world of collectors and celebrates collections both strange and beautiful, and shares secrets about Claudia’s own love affair with everything from Humphrey Bogart to Astro Boy.
And she really does have a lot of hats. Her husband Stewart White is always telling her she doesn’t wear them often enough. Why? Hat hair. Enough said.
She is a host of The Dialogue on 89.7fm Eastside Radio and regularly appears as one of The Collectables on Weekends with Simon Marnie on ABC Radio Sydney. Deep down, she just loves a good chat and to engage with audiences.