Chirriger – Fashion from World’s Oldest Living Culture
Samantha Harris led the first ever aboriginal runway for Perth’s Fashion Festival (TPFF) to a rapturous, standing-room-only crowd in Perth’s Forrest Chase. Following a moving Welcome to Country, Harris, along with local aboriginal models, showcased Chirriger – the first collaboration between Aboriginal artist Peter Farmer, Aboriginal designer Kylie Graham and Red Opium designer Sandra Rives.
Inspired by the world’s oldest living culture, the collection featured five of Farmer’s artworks printed on to ready-to-wear silk fashion pieces. Each of the five prints carries a story significant to the Noongar people and Chirriger is named after Noongar totem and native bird the blue fairy wren. “We hope that women of all backgrounds would like to wear these beautiful garments with joy and pride in the knowledge that it has been created for their enjoyment and to help gain a deeper understanding of the landscape, plants and animals on this continent from an (aboriginal) perspective”, said Farmer.
To say Chirriger was warmly received is an understatement. Following an almost euphoric, standing ovation, Samantha Harris spoke to the fashion crowd about how much she loved the collection and how, after telling this to her mother on the phone, her mother asked if Sam could get her something. Everyone laughed warmly and afterwards, shared stories about being both impressed by the collection and moved by the showcase.
Photos: Stefan Gosatti