Imagine saving all your hard-earned cash so you can afford the wedding gown of your dreams only to discover the designer responsible for making your dream come true has gone into liquidation! That is the current drama facing ‘brides to be’ across the country when they found out celebrity designer Johanna Johnson’s company went into liquidation last week. According to news.com.au the inner Sydney suburb clothes designing business owned and operated by Johanna was pursued by the Australian Taxation Office and former employees for owing a whopping $1.1 million! That isn’t a little miscalculation on a petty cash docket 🙂 $300,000 of that amount was reported to be superannuation charges the business failed to pay to employees. Naughty!!
The Daily Telegraph revealed Johanna had approached Foreign Affair’s Minister Julie Bishop for help in regards to her businesses tax obligations. Despite the fact that Ms Bishop is a client of hers, the minister refused. Ms Bishop’s office explained “Members of Parliament are regularly asked to assist in resolving disputes between individuals and the bureaucracy, including in the areas of immigration, social security and taxation. Ms Johnson sought this assistance in an effort to meet her tax obligations while continuing to operate her business.”
Johanna’s designs have gained plenty of media coverage over the past couple of years. Not only has she had her business reviewed by some of Australia’s best-selling fashion magazines such as Vogue, Johanna has also worked with plenty of celebrities whom have helped bring attention to her brand. American model Chrissy Teigen and actress Christina Hendricks have worn her creations to some of the biggest red carpet events in the US, as well as family and friends of well-known celebrities. Back in 2014 it was Amal Alamuddin’s best friend, Jennifer Robinson, who wore one of the her gowns to the star-studded Clooney wedding that took place in Venice.
According to the dailymail.co.uk the Supreme Court Justice Paul Brereton gave Johanna time to convince the court she had a plan in place to pay off her debts, but it appears she fell short as her business fell into liquidation last Wednesday. But it’s not just her staff, business associates and creditors who have been left feeling stressed, many of her clients have no idea whether or not the dresses they have ordered and paid for will be delivered. 30-year-old Georgia Slade forked out $5,000 and ordered a ‘Somerset’ dress but has now found herself six weeks out from her wedding day and without a gown.
‘It’s just so disappointing more than anything, to have to go through this experience as a bride when it should be a fun, exciting and happy time,’ Ms Slade told the Daily Mail.
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that Johanna hasn’t updated her business Facebook page since April 22nd. The only post I could find in regards to any dramas with her business was dated April 14th and reads –
For the sake of all involved, I hope this mess is sorted out soon and that any brides waiting for their designer dresses are either given a helpful alternative, are reimbursed or contacted and advised when their dresses will be complete. I have included a few links below for those looking for more information regarding Bankruptcy and Liquidation in Australia.
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