Global Indigeneous Runway
As much a performance as it was a fashion show, this year’s Global Indigenous runway, Fashion Meets Culture, celebrated global indigenous culture. Held at the Goldfields Theatre of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, a diverse cast of models paraded garments from Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga.
A broad selection was showcased, from the native floral prints of Lavashe Couture to Aroha Langely’s accessories made from natural fibres and a contemporary collection of couture evening gowns by Murrii Quu.
Song, dance and spoken word performances featured along with fashions inspired by indigenous cultures. Grace Vanilau mesmerised the room with an enchanting spoken word performance, speaking of culture and place to cheers from the crowd. Performance continued into the fashion showcase as models interacted with garments from the Jeanine Clarkin collection, unfastening buttons and zips.
In this global indigenous runway, performances transcended the runway and elevated fashion through a celebration of culture.
Images: Hannah Guyer