DODI is charity that is aimed at reaching out to women and girls who have suffered abuse and who are seeking a breakthrough in their lives. DODI provides a range of programs to rehabilitate and support women into living empowered lives incorporating: Workshop Programs, Counselling and Mentoring, Life Coaching, a half-way-house, and the Daughters Of Destiny Homestead and Academy for Women and Girls.
The DODI Fashion Parade is an annual fundraiser held to celebrate and reveal the beauty of all women. It was an evening of glamour and conversation while raising funds and awareness towards a very worthy cause. Surrounded by modern and contemporary art with an elaborate winding staircase, this was the perfect setting for Perth's most glamorous gowns modeled by local Perth models, and performances by incredible artists.
FASHION FOR FUTURES 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.