In July of this year (2023), Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) joined forces with NT Health and Gapuwiyak Arts and Culture Centre to nurture the rapidly growing interest of young people in fashion and modelling within one of the most remote communities in North East Arnhem land; Gapuwiyak, Northern Territory.
Cover image by Claire Summers.
Gapuwiyak Arts and Culture Centre, the School and the Youth Centre played a vital role in the success of the pilot. Throughout our time in the School and Youth Centre, we facilitated discussions and engaged in styling and modelling activities with young participants.
The mentoring pilot was led by Jira Models Founder Perina Drummond, facilitated by IFP Coordinator Belinda Cook and DAAFF Executive Director Claire Summers. The workshops included a presentation on fashion and modelling pathways to Gapuwiyak school, modelling and photo sessions with high school students, an on-Country photography session, and talks on styling, hair & make up and social media with youth centre groups.
1) Photos by Claire Summers, 2 & 4) Belinda Cook, 3) Perina Drummond
The models wore designs not only by Gapuwiyak Arts and Culture Centre but also designs generously provided by Indigenous brands; Clothing the Gaps, Ardi’ol and House of Darwin. A special thank you to all three Indigenous owned fashion labels for letting the young participants shine in the latest collections from leading brands in Melbourne (VIC), Darwin (NT) and Ardyaloon (WA).
1) Photos by Claire Summers, 2-4) Belinda Cook
1-2) Roman and Lee walking Country to Couture in August, 2023. Photos by Dylan Buckee
In Roman’s words, “My dream job, my dream’s come true”. With the mentorship pilot as their compass, Roman and Lee’s passion for modelling knows no bounds. Their sights are set on runways in Paris and New York. And Leonie and others are joining them in stepping into the many facets of the fashion world exploring fashion photography and styling. Gapuwiyak is building a generation of young models ready to take over your fashion week. Keep an eye out for these rising stars — the world hasn’t seen anything yet!
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