Monday, June 17, 2024

Indigenous Models Wanted

Indigenous Fashion Runway

Expressions of Interest closing in just a few days, on Friday, 7 June, for experienced and aspiring Indigenous models, wanted to be part of Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s (CIAF) 2024 fashion performance Country Speaking Light the Fire.

The curatorial team has issued a Queensland-wide invitation for Indigenous models, wanted to participate in this year’s much-anticipated performance that will be presented at the Tanks Arts Centre during CIAF on Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 July.

CIAF’s Fashion Coordinator, Lynelle Flinders, said this year’s cohort of models will be an all-ages mix of experienced Indigenous performers and newcomers presenting the collections of 12 Queensland First Nations designers.

“For anyone out there thinking about applying but unsure…just do it.”

– Lynelle Flinders, CIAF Fashion Coordinator

“For anyone out there thinking about applying but unsure if they have the right experience or look – just do it.  This amazing opportunity opens doors to building self-confidence, empowerment, making new friends and potentially, a career in fashion,” Ms Flinders said.

Since Grace Lillian Lee’s inception in 2013, CIAF’s fashion performance has developed into a vibrant celebration of Indigenous culture through various art forms, from inspired fashion design, wearable art, and cultural adornments, a contemporary form of First Nations’ storytelling brought to life in music, movement and dance. 

Aboriginal models wanted
Image credit: @simone_arnol

CIAF’s fashion performance is renowned for showcasing a diverse array of Indigenous models, artists and designers.  This performance is an artistic platform that serves as a dynamic space for creativity to flourish. 

The purpose of CIAF’s fashion performance is to promote contemporary Indigenous design and empower Indigenous youth by representing who they are and where they come from.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Fashion Show
Designer: Lynelle Flinders

Interested models and performers have until Friday, 7 June, to complete an Expression of Interest online via the CIAF website, Alternatively, Click here.

CIAF will celebrate its 15th anniversary season from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 July 2024. To view the CIAF 2024 program or buy tickets, visit the website at   

Featured image: @indigenousfashionproject from Australian Fashion Week 2024

See previous CIAF fashions, and more about Australia’s top Indigenous Models.

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