FASHION FOR FUTURES NEW website review: Natasha M photos: Manish Bolla
Fashion for Futures / Fashion for Futures event took place Wednesday, April 27 2016 at the The Forrest Centre Reception Centre, 221 St Georges Terrace Perth, WA Photos: Manish Bolla at MK Creative Imagery Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Fashion for Futures marketing management team and personally the directors, Simone Van Vugt and Sara Cicchino for the opportunity to cover the event and to Manish Bolla for the magnificent set of photos Please note that the event hold was a celebration of West Australian fashion, local businesses and Australian people. It featured an array of local designers work from #MergeBoutique, entertainment and more all whilst giving to the #Kalumburu community. This was an Enterprise Learning Project o assisting women in the Kalumburu community to set up an op shop to fund their social enterprise, ideas and aspirations. The event was hold mainly for the donations and support purpose If you have any questions and would like to support the people working on these ideas please contact Simone Van Vugt firstname.lastname@example.org and Sara Cicchino email@example.com #Fashion4Futures Event sponsored by - Merge Northbridge - Pierrots Hair Studios - Enterprise Learning Projects - #RollingSolidSurfaces .
I have been asked to write a short article on the following topic following Manish Bolla's attendance to the Fashion For Futures event that took place April 27 in WA.
How indigenous models breaking stereotypes and getting into glamour still keeping culture alive.
Before you start reading please answer this question: how many of you know any famous aboriginal fashion model? And do you think we need more of such girls and guys wearing and representing the Australian (and not Australian) fashion brands?
You will be surprised how many people who get into the fashion world still think with stereotypes and how women should look like and what their faces and figures should be like to get on the glamour magazine covers and on the fashion videos. When you think "model" you usually see a Merlyn Monroe type of a girl: blonde, curvy and heavily make-uped? No? Of course not! Our typical model is not like that: she can be anything now? Can she?
How many times did you people who work in the industry heard: these outfits are worn by this and that women only, hats should be photographed only with a certain girl in mind, lingerie - also a certain type of girl, wedding gowns - who would buy a magazine with a dark skin model on it? I heard such comments from professionals. Some of them are not pronounced loudly though. Let's face it: we are all different, we are black and white, red, yellow and olive, we have different body shapes, different hair types, we have different culture and different tastes in fashion after all. Who said we are all the same was simply lying to you. We all move differently on catwalk and some of us still have strong accent when we speak English.
Having said this... do you actually know that Aboriginal Model Management Australia has forty female clients so far? Do you know that Target, Bonds and Big W are very interested in hiring Aboriginal models. The Daily Mail UK wrote that "Indigenous Australian models have yet to make a significant impact on the runway but an exclusively Aboriginal modelling agency is in the swing of changing that cultural fashion landscape..." Samantha Harris is one bright example of the Aboriginal model who is one of the most prominent faces on our fashion most prestigious runways shows. There is one more girl to mention: Lauren Feenstra. Ms Kira-Lea Dargin, the founder of an Aboiriginal Modelling Agency http://www.aboriginalmodelmanagementaustralia.com/ said the mid-market range of big family chain stores including Bonds, Target and Big W were particularly interested in hiring Aboriginal models for their catalogue campaigns. Dargin believes that high-end brands are hesitant to sign Aboriginal models because the concern is the fashion platform could be used for political purposes. She says that she encourages her girls to be proud of who they are as a person and be proud of who they are in their cultural aspect but not to allow anybody else to target them based on other people's actions. Kira-Lea has a white Russian mother and an Aboriginal Australian father. Her mission is to help broaden how Australian beauty is defined.
I read: "Some ideas are just so fresh! Indigenous artist of the Cape York Peninsula, Shaun Edwards has tapped into his ancient heritage to create a totally contemporary Aussie swimwear brand called Wildbarra. He’s also busy organising fashion shows, baby festivals and working on his PhD. He slowed down just long enough to speak with Andrew Creagh." This is all about indigenous male designers and models in the fashion industry: https://www.dnamagazine.com.au/articles/news.asp?news_id=26435 Shaun says: " When we first started out, we couldn’t find any Indigenous male models so I had to scout and hand pick, which made me aware of the whole modelling industry. I wanted to break down stereotypes and also introduce the world to our Indigenous models. Not only did I need to know the intricacies of designing clothes, I also had to know the intricacies of the modelling world. So I saw this as a challenge and began finding straight and gay Indigenous men who where keen to model. I wanted to build profiles so I did that through social media, which really took off. Some of the guys began to see opportunities and you saw this new generation of strong, black men who developed a sense of self-esteem and courage. I did this with the girls as well. We still have a long way to go, but where we had none, we now have some and some have developed as professional models now working abroad, like Torres Strait Islander model Hans Ahwang-Ware. "
For us as a multicultural Club it is important to represent the models who are professional in their skills and hire the ones who project certain attitude and are very flexible in accommodating the requirements of our designers. We look for the models and try to select the ones who have healthy and positive attitude, who are respecting each other, the people they work with and the appreciate the opportunity given to them. We also understand that the certain character types can not be based on the skin color, geographical location, culture and language. There is no formulas in finding the right people but we know that the right models in the industry can make a real difference bringing in their traditions and culture on one side and representing the brands in the most heartfelt ways.
Fashion For Futures event took place on April 27 2016 at the Forrest Centre, 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth. This event is vertainly a celebration of West Australian fashion, local businesses and local people.
What do we see and admire in the indigenous models and fashion designers: exoticism and mystery of glamour and kind of primitive, traditional (but still attractive, fashionable and romantic), eye-catching and colorful art of the authentic outfits and that appeal in naturally graceful and feminine models that they all have? We get fascinated but why? When I observe children and puppies playing together they never ask what breed they are, what nationality they are. They simply play together and fare. Should we rather focus not on race and color but on beauty and femininity?
I believe no matter how the models look or what they bring up the stage the fashion should not even mention any belonging to races: fashion as a form of art that should not care about nationalities or skin colors. It should be part of modern and civilized world as well as the air that we all breath. Such models should rather be symbols of Nation and expression of its unique nature, culture and customs. It is like saying: this flower is a daisy and this is a rose but they all belong to the family of flowers that bring joy.
FREMANTLE label Morrison was named WA’s Designer of the Year at the 20th anniversary WA Fashion Awards at the State Theatre on Tuesday night.
Kylie Radford and Richard Poulson, the husband-and-wife team behind WA’s most successful label, also took out the $5000 Stephanie Quinlan Award.
Morrison, established in Fremantle in 2002, has 15 stores across Australia. “It’s not easy at times,” Ms Radford said. “At times it’s pretty bloody hard. But when our two boys put their little hands on me and say they are proud of me, it makes it all worthwhile”.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi presented the award in front of a crowd of more than 500 of WA’s fashion elite, media, bloggers and personalities.
Christine Fox, head of Vivien’s WA modelling agency, was recognised for her contribution to the local industry.
A plaque in her honour will be placed on the King Street Walk of Fame, near the site of the agency she opened in 1997 with Vivien’s founder Vivien Smith.
Fox has kickstarted the career of many household names, including Gemma Ward, Nicole Trunfio and Courtney Eaton. The last person to be inducted into the King Street Fashion Walk of Fame was Wheels & Dollbaby designer Melanie Greensmith in 2008.
Claudia Todman took out the STM Model of the Year award. The Chadwick model has walked for more than 20 shows at the New York, Paris and Milan fashion weeks over the past year. “It’s been a huge change from last year,” Todman said. “I especially loved walking for the men’s New York fashion week and experiencing a totally different scene”. Other winners included Teagan Sewell, STM’s former fashion editor, who was named Stylist of the Year, and regular STM fashion photographer Chantel Concei, who won Photographer of the Year.
Stephanie Caulier was awarded the Emerging Designer of the Year award for her label I Love Mr Mittens, while Varga Girl won Retailer of the Year.
Periscope was the winner of the inaugural Perth City Shoppers’ Choice Award. This year’s winners were selected by an industry judging panel that included stylist and PR consultant Zara Bryson, retailer Jessica Chisari, designers Megan Salmon and Sarah Watanabe and Telstra Perth Fashion Festival co-founder/FCWA Creative Director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan.
WINNERS OF THE 20TH ANNUAL WESTERN AUSTRALIAN FASHION AWARDS: WA Designer of the Year: Morrison (Kylie Radford and Richard Poulson) Emerging Designer of the Year: I Love Mr Mittens (Stephanie Caulier) Retailer of the Year: Varga Girl (Leith Groves) Photographer of the Year: Chantel Concei Stylist of the Year: Teagan Sewell King St Fashion Walk of Fame: Christine Fox STM People’s Choice Model of the Year: Claudia Todman of Chadwick Models Perth City Shoppers’ Choice Award: Periscope (Shantha Cokis)
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA EXHIBITION: 200 YEARS OF AUSTRALIAN FASHION website press release by Irina Ivanova
What is Australian Fashion? Symposium 200 Years of Australian Fashion Exhibition @NGV Australia, Ian Potter Centre
Really, what is it, genuine Australian Fashion? Is there such a thing? Does it have its own identity? Or is it just a copy of European and American brands? Are we tasteless or kitsch? Do we have anything of our own, the embodiment of Australian culture represented in its own symbolic fashion? Are we satisfied with the quality of rag trade publications, retail outlets, and fashion events? What do we think about the image of Australian fashion around the world? Do our upcoming designers get enough support? What does globalisation do to the industry? Do our fashion institutions provide their students with up-to-date business techniques and marketing tools?
These were some of the questions covered during the ‘What is Australian Fashion?’ Symposium. The speakers’ panel included leading Australian fashion designers, NGV curators, fashion historians and researchers, editors of famous glossy magazines such as Vogue Australia and i-D Australia, executives of Melbourne fashion runways, and managers of the city central retail outlets. The commentators were exploring the history and future of producing, presenting and promoting of Australian Fashion, its challenges and opportunities.
After the enthralling talk the visitors were offered a chance to view the newest NGV exhibition of 200 Years of Australian Fashion witch will be held in Ian Potter Centre until 31 July. This was truly a captivating experience, something not to be missed. Attention to all the Melbournian fashionistas, history lovers, art admirers, dressmakers, retail workers, aspiring designers, visual artists and many more! This is where you can trace the development of Australian fashion trade over the two centuries and grasp the creations of leading local designers in all the intricate details.
How did Australian fashion change over decades? What influences did it have? Who are the most celebrated local designers? Are we ready for reincarnation of the renowned fashion apostles such as Flamingo Park place or Georges department store? NGV Australia’s exhibition ‘200 Years of Australian Fashion‘ explores the changes in our fashion landscape, its milestones and the future of the rag trade development. Stay tuned for more details, and make time to visit the exhibition, because it’s really worth it!