Born and raised in Jakarta, Stella Rissa’s passion for fashion started off at an early age. Jakarta—a colorful and diverse city—provided an environment that allows her creativity to flourish.
Determined to pursue a career in the field of fashion, Stella enrolled in LaSalle College International School. Her creativity, talent, and disciplined work ethics earned her the 2006 Best of the Best Student Award—the award included training at LaSalle College Montréal.
In 2008, Stella’s debut collection Dancing in the Rainbow launched the eponymous label STELLARISSA. The vibrant colors and forward thinking design poured the runway in Menteng—the collection boasts an early interest in colors and a keen eye for atypical pairing of materials. The show received high appraisal from the fashion industry, design peers, and Indonesia’s media. She was noted as the first young Indonesian designer to pioneer a clean and wearable collection in the midst of trendy era of heavy embellished clothing. Dancing in the Rainbow presented a fresh and new wave of visionary work. The overwhelming media exposure of her 1st fashion show boosted the label’s recognition abroad, earning her an invitation to participate in the 2008 Malaysia International Fashion Week and 2009 Audi Fashion Festival in Singapore.
STELLARISSA collection in 2010 Jakarta Fashion Week—she was one of Dewi Fashion Knight—debuted a mature and sophisticated portfolio. Woman Possession represented a modern and contemporary point-of-view for the ever growing label. Stella established the label's 1st retail boutique, in 2011, in the heart of Jakarta retail business at Grand Indonesia Shopping Town. In 2013, Stella made the label available at Galeries Lafayette Indonesia in Pacific Place Jakarta. Her collections receive warm and positive welcome for her signature details, craftsmanship, and personal attention to women's wear are sought after.