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  • Kathy McKinnon

Kathy is highly experienced in interiors , prop sourcing, food and  lifestyle styling ,set design and wardrobe.

After completing a post-graduate degree at Sydney College of the Arts, Kathy went on to co-own and design the iconic, streetwise fashion label Status Symbol. This led to commissions, to design costumes and props for stand out music videos and commercials.

Kathy’s contemporary portfolio is testimony to her ongoing success as one of Australia’s most versatile advertising stylists. From her design and production expertise, to her strong visual eye honed from many year’s experience styling and art directing stills and TVCs, she is renowned for her ability to translate and execute complex briefs in a confident, time-effective way.

Throughout her career, Kathy has consistently produced a high standard of creative work for a wide variety of clients in print, television and social media and has worked on numerous award-winning campaigns. She has an extensive list of professional contacts in Australia and overseas, which she uses to add value to all the jobs she undertakes. Her impressive client list is due to her collaborative spirit, creative flair and level headed attention to detail.

Print campaigns

Animal Planet; Air NZ; Australian Ballet, Telstra Award; Australian Power and Gas; Australian Tourism; Barbeques Galore catalogues 03, 04, 05, 06, 07; Blackmore’s; Bundy White; Bundaberg NRL campaign , Canadian Club Skidoo; Canon Pixma Pro Fairy; CBA Travel Plus, CBA Trade finance, Angkor Watt; Citibank ready credit; Coca- Cola;Coopers Sparkling; Country;; Country Road Homeware; David Jones; Dominos; Dunlop Retro; DuPont; Electrolux Tetsuya; Effexor; Energy Australia; Fairfax Media ; Flynn Health ,Foxtel fashion, fish, goggles; Freedom; Frosty Fruits; Fujitsu with Captain Mark Taylor;  Gloria Jeans; GPS OZ navigation, directions from above; H&M 2007 Summer catalogue; Hahn Venice; Howards Storage; Identity Direct; Ikea;  Jurlique product & Lifestyle; JWT 2007 Year Book; Kerry Grima catalogue; Kit Kat; Kookai; Levis Deconstructed; Listerine; Love My Way; Mallesons; Mastercard; Merivale Marry Me;  My Dog; News Corp Brand image campaign ;Nicabate; NRMA; Olympus Binolcular and Camera; Panasonic blu-ray; Penfolds Kunnunga Hill catalogue; Qantas; Ricoh; Salano where pleasure lasts longer; Sandler, Easy Steps; Sensis; Sealy Advance& Presitge collection; Sugarless-V; St George plasma TVC, Hairdresser, Chandelier and Dragon campaigns; TAB;  TDK; Telstra Extreme Cable and the block ; Telstra Brand image library  Testogel; Toyota Prius; UPS; Schweppes; Sheridan; 3 Starburst bombers fan & pool; Westfield; Woven Image; XYZ Network Eat Yourself Sexy; Zyprexa

The Photographers

Kathy has worked on numerous print campaigns with leading Australian photographers including: Jon Bader,Paul Barbera, Geoffrey Boccolatte, Janyon Boshoff, Adrian Cook, Michael Corridore, Steve Greenaway, Simon Harsent, Jon Higgs, Sean Izzard, Adam Taylor, Helen White, Kerry Wilson and Julian Wolkenstein.


Kathy has been a regular contributor to the Good Weekend Magazine trend page.

TVC campaigns:

 As Art Director:

  • My Kitchen Rules promotion, 2010, Channel 7, Sydney, Australia
  • Diet Coke Original, Lime, Vanilla, with Plaza, Sydney, Australia, director Paul Middleditch
  • Panasonic Air conditioning, doll with Plaza, Sydney, Australia, director Paul Middleditch
  • Birds Eye originals with Plaza, Sydney, Australia, director Paul Middleditch
  • Wrigleys Eclipse, Nurse Veronica, Plaza, Sydney, Australia, director Paul MIddleditch
  • LG plasma, recorder and freezer with director David Jagoda, Sydney, Australia
  • Noble Rise, Jungleboys, Sydney, Australia, director Trent O'Donnell
  • Chrysler Anthem ,Radical Media ; director Christian Aeby

As Wardrobe Designer:

  • Lexus Brand, GS, CT & RX, Radical Media,Sydney, Australia, director Christian Aeby 
  • Hahn, Venice, with Plaza, Sydney, Australia, director Paul Middleditch
  • Wilkinson Sword, 8 commercials, Sydney, Australia, director Derek Richards
  • AAPT campaigns x 6 commercials, with Plaza, Sydney, Australia, director Paul Middleditch
  • Channel V PM titles, Sydney, Australia, director Richard Swan
  • Herbal Essence, Punk, Sydney, Australia, director Nick Reynolds  
  • Singpore Power , Director Anton Beebe 

As combined Art Director and Wardrobe Designer:

  • Claratyne "Maid of Honour" Collider Films,Sydney ,Australia, director Gemma Lee
  • Chrysler Anthem ,Radical Media ; director Christian Aeby
  • Katies, Captiv8, Sydney, Australia, director Mike Corte
  • Fairfax Media, Christmas 2010, Helen & Grant Productions, Sydney, Australia, director Adrain Cook
  • 3M Stickies,Hello Earth, Captiv8 , Sydney, Australia, director Mike Corte
  • Newcastle Permanent Building Society, Sydney, Australia, director Kimble Rendall
  • Myers /Foxtel, directors Kelly Brown & Dean Friske, Sydney, Australia
  • Toyota Estima, director Antonio Saraceno, Sydney, Australia
  • Star City and Foxtel, with Plush, Sydney, Australia, director Peter Bloomfield