Fashion Meets Culture – Global Indigenous Runway at VAMFF

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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.

Global Indigenous runway - design by Cheremene Castle

Global Indigenous runway - design by Cheremene Castle

Cheremene Castle

Grace Vanilau

Grace Vanilau

Design by Jeanine Clarkin

Jeanine Clarkin

Design by Kylie Yallop

Kylie Yallop

Design by Kylie Yallop

Kylie Yallop

Design by Murrii Quu

Murrii Quu

Yarn Strong Bruther

Yarn Strong Bruther

Yarn Strong Bruther

Jeanine Clarkin

Jeanine Clarkin

Images: Hannah Guyer

Tap here to see the first ever Global Indigenous runway at VAMFF. Or, here to see news of Aboriginal Designers on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in May 2020.

 

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