Noongar Artist Peter Farmer, from the Noongar Aboriginal Arts Corporation along with his team of designers, will present the first ever Aboriginal Showcase at the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival since it's inception 19 years ago. 'Red Opium by Sandra Rives - Chirriger Collection: Aboriginal Runway' at City of Perth Fashion Central presented by Act-Belong-Commit.
BFR, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Miranda and Peter Farmer have provided support for 7 young Ladies from the Goldfields to participate in Coaching Classes with professional runway model Hannah Collard to gain experience for casting in the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival in September.
These classes took place in Perth and the girls traveled from Kalgoorlie each week for a month, to soak in all the information provided during these sessions. The casting took place in August and we have since received news that 3 of the Goldfields Girls have been selected to appear at this years TPFF.
They will now be working alongside the first Aboriginal Model to grace the cover of Vogue magazine Samantha Harris!! Congratulations Rikki-Ann Ashwin, Tayla Graham and Kayla Davies!!
Thank you to all the girls who participated.
You can see the Girls on the runway at Forrest Place - Saturday 9th September 1 pm
The event featured the integration of Aboriginal Artist Peter Farmer stunning Noongar designs into a resort-wear fashion line by Red Opium's Sandra Rives.
It was also supported by leading indigenous models. International model Samantha Harris led the the runway show.
Samantha had earlier stated her commitment to supporting the project to promote, nurture and develop indigenous creative industries through the language of fashion.
Hannah Collard was another leading indigenous women to walk in the show. In a prior news article she had said;
“To me it’s important to be involved, I think it’s important they (young indigenous girls) have someone to relate to and show them it is possible to do something good and change people’s minds. We need to challenge the ideas of beauty in the fashion industry in Australia – it’s not just one look.”With designs inspired by the oldest living culture in the world, the runway event was part of the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.
With so many positives and people from diverse backgrounds working together to showcase quality Australian products, hopefully the event will become central to future festivals.