FASHIONS OF MULTICULTURAL AUSTRALIA
Friday 1 MAY 2020 I Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney
'Fashion is a common denominator among all cultures and a catalyst for social cohesion'. Fashions of Multicultural Australia (FOMA) is a first-ever national initiative that integrates cultures, generates bi-lateral trade engagement and fosters social cohesion through the universally binding industry that is fashion.
The FOMA runway show will feature couture originating from some of Australia’s most prominent and unique cultural communities. Attendees can expect to witness both contemporary and traditional fashion items originating from nations such as Ireland, Lebanon, Vietnam, Russia, Peru, Philippines, Chile, and Indigenous Australia.
"It was such an honour to open the inaugural event for FOMA's Launch Runway, to showcase my cultural heritage of the oldest living people in the world. A unique event with a platform to showcase the elite designers and their creativity from many cultures and countries.
I feel blessed to be a part of such an amazing platform to our culture and the world. I look forward to the upcoming events with FOMA and the diversity of a strong showcase. Many thanks to Sonia and the Gandhi Creations Pty Ltd team"
- Colleen Tighe Johnson, FOMA Opening Indigenous Showcase by a proud Gomeroi Woman
"I wish to thank the FOMA team for their vision and their commitment to bring fashion diplomacy into the heart of Australia’s multicultural community. Fashion has an important role to play in promoting cultural heritage – textiles, accessories, designs and colors all come together to share the unique story of a people and their culture. Providing the platform for cultural expression through fashion helps to truly promote respect for diversity. Congratulations FOMA!"
- Nina Cainglet, Minister and Consul General, Republic of the Philippines, Embassy of the Philippines, Canberra