The Cultural Programme on offer at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival is as exciting as it is insightful. One of the highlights of this year’s festival was a runway that neatly traversed the cultural and runway programmes of the design festival: The Global Indigenous Runway.
Showcased in the Melbourne Museum, the runway featured first nations designers from around the world including Norway, Canada and New Zealand alongside artists from remote aboriginal communities in Australia. Maori make-up artist Tina Wauru’s initial project for teaching young aboriginal people living in Melbourne about make-up and how to use it has grown to an international touring event showcasing the work of indigenous designers, models, make-up artists and hairdressers. She dreamed big and the dream is growing. We’re so glad she did.
This year’s event was simply AWESOME. It had all the spectacle of an extravaganza: there’s no denying that the Global Indigenous Runway is now ready for the main stage at Virgin Australia’s Melbourne Fashion Festival. While almost none of the models had ever even worn high heels before last week, they did an amazing job! There’s surely a bit more funding to be found to ensure their delivery is every bit as smooth as the David Jones event that opened this year’s fashion festival. To be perfectly frank, while the fashions were exciting, the opening event itself lacked a little spark and could have benefited by being immediately preceded by the Global Indigenous Runway.
How perfectly appropriate would it be for the biggest fashion events in Australia to be opened by the Indigenous Runway, as part of their opening night extravaganzas? As far as we’re concerned, this year’s Global Indigenous Runway more than hit the mark. The genie is out of the bottle.