Elissa McGowan was born in Sydney, Australia in 1989. In 2012 Elissa graduated from the Fashion Design Studio, (formerly East Sydney technology) Ultimo. Elissa debuted her graduate collection as part of The Innovators at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, in April 2013. Elissa's graduate collection following fashion week caught the eye of the Australian fashion elite including Mark Vassallo, Alexandra Spencer, Simon Lock and Susie Bubble. Elissa was selected as Vogue Italia's 'Vogue Talent's' top graduate from the Fashion Design Studio for 2013.

With an interest in fabrication and textile development, Elissa McGowan is becoming recognised for it's exploration of surface techniques. Custom fabric development is a focus for the label, and the past two collections Elissa has developed exclusive fabrications with European textile mills.