MBFWA announces first Indigenous fashion showcase for its Resort 2021 schedule

Images via Dylan Buckee

Words by Jasmine Wallis

A long-overdue celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia is returning to Carriageworks in Sydney this May for its Resort 2021 schedule, and for the first time in its 25-year history will be running an Australian Indigenous Fashion Showcase.

The show will be presented by the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to encourage the production and promotion of Aboriginal arts, assist with the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and help fund art centres and their communities.  

Taking place on Friday May 15, the event will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, culture and creativity and will see many First Nations designers debuting on the Sydney stage.

While Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia has seen a selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections on its runways, this will be the first multi-brand showcase for the influential fashion week.

This event is just one of the ways that the underrepresented Australian Indigenous fashion scene is (finally) being recognised and celebrated. 

It comes after the announcement of Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion, an exhibition highlighting established and emerging First Nations artists and designers at the Bendigo Art Gallery, running from July 18 to October 18.

Fashion Journal is a proud media partner of this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. The week runs from May 11 to May 15, so head here to secure a ticket.



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