In 1977, a teenage Melanie Greensmith was starstruck attending her first concert, Blondie's first-ever Australian show at the Perth Concert Hall.
More than 35 years later and the Wheels & Dollbaby founder and head designer can count the seminal pop rock group's lead singer, Debbie Harry, as one of her closest friends.
They met during Blondie's Australian tour in 2003, when Greensmith's rocker partner, Mark McEntee, introduced the designer to his good friend, Blondie drummer Clem Burke, who asked if she would like to meet Harry.
Following that initial meeting, Greensmith would send Harry pieces of clothing, and a friendship began.
"I used to send her little pieces, and then she would email me," Greensmith told AAA.
"Then I would be in America and she would be around, so then I would go and see her. Then I started going to her apartment in Manhattan. We became friends.
"She took me to this fabulous Marc Jacobs party in LA. And everyone who was anyone was trying to get in and we kind of just walked in with Debbie.
"She is an amazing artist, but she is also very powerful. She has been in the business a long time and has a lot of respect."
Over the past 27 years, Greensmith has dressed a roll call of influential women, including Katy Perry, Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss, Britney Spears and Jerry Hall. But it is Harry who Greensmith said was always her style idol.
"She was the ultimate for me growing up. She was the punk rock Marilyn Monroe who came out with such a different look. I had a black patch in the back of my hair and I clearly remember my dad taking me to the hairdressers to get it out. I was very naughty," Greensmith said.
"She was also the first concert I ever saw at the Concert Hall. I remember she came out and she was just kissing all the boys in the front row and it was just insane."
During Harry's most recent Australian visit last December, she was photographed and interviewed at Greensmith's Sydney apartment, for a spread in the current issue of Oyster magazine.
While Harry has visited Greensmith's sprawling Casuarina home in Perth many times, this occasion marked the first time the singer had visited Greensmith's Parisian-inspired Sydney pad.
Greensmith said she still had to pinch herself when she saw Harry sitting in front of her.
"I still sometimes look at her and think 'F... she really looks like Deborah Harry today'," she said.
During the shoot, Harry also wore a selection of Wheels & Dollbaby's new autumn-winter range, Formidable La Femme, which has already been snapped up by Dita Von Teese and had praise from controversial rocker Courtney Love.
Even after so many years, Greensmith said the excitement of releasing a new collection was never lost on her.
"Creatively, I have to change and grow. I love putting it all together and releasing it and crossing my fingers that everybody likes it. I still get nervous, but I really enjoy it," she said."This collection was inspired by Chinoiserie, which I am just mad about. I wanted it to be a lot less 50s and floral and be more luxe and chic."
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