Chirriger Aboriginal Runway; Innovation Inspired through Collaboration

 Miranda, Samantha Harris, and Peter Farmer at Telstra Perth Fashion Festival

Miranda, Samantha Harris, and Peter Farmer at Telstra Perth Fashion Festival

Innovation and creativity from collaborations are exceptional in any format and it was inspiring to be at the outstanding Chirriger Aboriginal Runway fashion event.

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Leading figures speaking at the event included Jerrie Demasi of Channel 9 News, community leader Barry McGuire and 2016 West Australian of the Year Award Aboriginal Category Winner Rishelle Hume.

The event featured the integration of Aboriginal Artist Peter Farmer’s 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 toto supporting the project to promote, nurture and develop indigenous creative industries through the language of fashion. 

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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

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Naomi Rossdeutscher

Studio StartUp, 143 Barrack Street, Perth, WA, 6000