Fabrics of Multicultural Australia (FOMA) is a sustainable platform that stimulates economic growth for the creative sector and generates bilateral trading opportunities while fostering social cohesion.
FOMA also works in conjunction with Foreign Governments and their Trade Commissions based in Australia. Enabling them to leverage visual arts, textile design, and visual storytelling as a conduit to bringing together and sharing unique cultural perspectives in a way that visually depicts Australia’s uniquely diverse identity to the globe.
FOMA's annual showcase returned with its immensely sought-after Cultural Exhibit and Runway Show in collaboration with Foreign Governments. FOMA continues to witness one of the largest gatherings of foreign governments in the creative sector with International and local artists across the two major events at one of Australia’s premier cultural institutions, the Powerhouse Museum. Powerhouse home to the first exclusive retrospective exhibition of renowned Australian Multicultural designer Carla Zampatti, encapsulating her trailblazing career over more than five decades.
"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 in sharing our culture with 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