Fashion fusion set to make a statement – National Indigenous Times

Fashion and the atmosphere will converge when fashions take to the catwalk on the opening day of the Cairns Indigenous Artwork Truthful this Friday.

Clothes by Hopevale Arts Centre, Indij Design, Mossman Gorge’s Uki Burchill, Stradbroke Island’s Chantal Henley, Yarrabah Arts Centre, MI Artwork, Leecee Carmichael, Lynelle Flinders, Simone Arnol and others will likely be showcased within the occasion.

The style extravaganza will characteristic 20 feminine and male fashions from communities throughout Queensland and be held in a repurposed World Warfare II oil tank throughout the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct.

North East Arnhem Land mannequin Magnolia Maymuru, a finalist in final yr’s Miss World Australia competitors, is mentoring the fashions forward of the catwalk occasion.

The present, entitled ‘Wandan’, that means future in Yidinji language, will make each environmental and style statements.

“Wandan will likely be a artistic and dramatic interpretation encompassing two worlds – the mainland and its infrastructure and local weather change and rising water temperatures inflicting coral bleaching on the Nice Barrier Reef,” CIAF style efficiency curator Grace Lillian Lee mentioned.

Ms Lee is working with choreographer Fiona Wirrer-George and musician and producer Patrick Mau on a two-half efficiency.

The primary will showcase the textiles and designs of 10 Queensland-based mostly Indigenous style designers. The second will likely be a up to date finale underpinned with the cultural apply of storytelling.

Dancers Hans Ahwang, Ebony Wirrer-George and Elouise Yunkaporta will come collectively from their properties within the Torres Strait, Coffs Harbour and Aurukun for the present.

A spotlight is anticipated to be the opening drumming and style showcase by college students from Kubin Ngurpay Lag faculty on Moa within the Torres Strait.

Ms Lee labored with kids on the faculty to create clothes impressed by their land and the colors of a Nice Barrier Reef affected by rising water temperatures.

The Cairns Indigenous Artwork Truthful runs till July 17 and celebrates Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradition with the work of 300 artists and 75 performers. It has generated greater than $5 million in artwork gross sales because it first began in 2009.

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Fashion fusion set to make a statement - National Indigenous Times