FIRST NATIONS DESIGNERS SET TO SHOWCASE AT AFTERPAY AUSTRALIAN FASHION WEEK
This June will mark a historic milestone on the Australian fashion calendar, for the first time ever, six First Nations designers are set to showcase their collections on the runway at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) in Sydney.
Presented by Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP), a Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation program, partnering with IMG Fashion and David Jones, and curated by Perina Drummond, stylist and founder of Jira modeling agency, the runway will bring together some of the nation’s most talented and highly awarded Indigenous designers to celebrate its long overdue position on the mainstage.
The six featured First Nations designers are; Indii, Kirrikin, Liandra Swim, MAARA Collective, Native Swimwear and Ngali. All actively growing fashion brands, and part of the IFP Pathways Program, created together with David Jones with the aim of opening up opportunities for Indigenous labels through direct mentorships from the department store’s established Australian designers.
The runway showcase will be presented at AAFW on 3rd June, 1:30pm in Gallery 1 at Carriageworks.
Each of the designers will also be showcasing their ranges as part of The Suites from the 2nd-4th June.
For event details and ticketing (TBA), refer to the AAFW website:
MAARA Collective, Image by Jesse-Leigh Elford
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