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INDIGENOUS DESIGNER COLLECTION: BULUUY MIRRII

2020 ATC & FOMA Grand Pavilion runway

The Australian Turf Club joined forces with Fabrics of Multicultural Australia for the very first time to bolster the creative industry, marking a significant milestone by introducing four unique Capsule Collections crafted by prominent designers from regional areas and Greater Western Sydney. On Saturday, October 31st, attendees experienced an electrifying runway showcase during The Golden Eagle Day, the highlight of Greater Western Sydney's spring racing calendar. Attendees indulged in a lavish three-course luncheon accompanied by breathtaking views of the racecourse, all while being captivated by an eclectic array of designs showcased on the FOMA runway. Captivating imagery and footage captured the essence of this remarkable collaboration here.

Fabrics of Multicultural Australia would like to thank ATC for their support and are pleased to share that this Showcase will be the first ever of many of collaborative events designed to provide additional and extended opportunities to emerging artists.

 

These collaborations will serve to further showcase Australia’s diverse creative sector and highlight the capacity of this to act as a powerful cultural diplomacy tool.  FOMA will continue to work in conjunction with organisations across Australia to deliver exciting new pop-up events, informative panel sessions and discussions, digital showcases, and cultural exhibits that further FOMA’s mission statement whilst providing added value to our annual program and participating artists, models, and stakeholders. 2020 featured talent:

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Collen Tighe Johnson
Buluuy Mirrii

Colleen Tighe Johnson, Founder, Owner and Designer of Buluuy Mirrii, is a Gomeroi woman who resides in Tamworth. Buluuy Mirrii means Black Star in indigenous Gomeroi language.

Colleen is a storyteller, weaving some of the greatest stories ever told about her culture, her people, her lands, into her ethereal collections made with silk and silk cotton blends. Colleen uses her design talents to harness the spirit of her Gomeroi ancestors and revive Gomeroi Dreaming Stories through each collection.

 

 

 Aboriginal First Nations
In collaboration with Wendy Scully
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Anjilla Seddeqi
Anjila Seddeqi

Anjilla Seddeqi is an Australian designer of Afghan heritage. She is known for her ladylike dresses that are feminine, sophisticated and elegant. Her refined designs long for a return to a grace-filled era of dressing, for the modern woman.

Anjilla has participated in FOMA since 2019 and is a brand ambassador for it.

 

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Gina Barjeel
Gina Barjeel

Gina Barjeel is a fashion designer and founder of the Gina Barjeel brand. Her love for fashion design and garment making started at a very young age. Gina moved to Australia in March and launched her brand in December 2018 by successfully initiating and developing a project that provides for vulnerable women of refugee background and gives them the opportunity to up - skill their sewing and fashion techniques. Gina Barjeel is an Ethical fashion brand that creates handmade pi eces made in Australia by women. In every collection, Gina is inspired by different cultures and places adding her signature touch of traditional Jordanian and Palestinian embroidery, to her modern and innovative designs. 10% from every purchase will be do nated to NGOs to run programs that empower women in Australia to enter the fashion industry and find employmen t 

 

Supported By
Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
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Mayen Benson
Johjos

Mayen Benson is a Nigerian-born, British-Australian fashion designer, based in Sydney. 

Her fashion label, Johjos, is a wearable celebration of multiculturalism that weaves striking colour, vibrant motifs and sophisticated Forties inspiration into elegant and feminine silhouettes. 

Her unique use of wax cotton, traditionally born in Indonesia as Batik cotton cloth and transported by the Dutch to Africa where it found a welcoming home, aligns with Mayen’s personal, multicultural journey.

 

Representing
Nigera
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Zohar Edelshtein Budde
Zohar

Zohar Edelshtein Budde’s collection is a reflection of her life’s journey and her strong belief in peaceful existence for all. Through her creative undertakings, in the process of rewiring of consciousness, she expresses the gifts she has gathered along the way and offers it to you as moments of insight into her soul. Zohar creates one off, memorable wired hand-scultped jewellery, where every jewel is embedded with light. She offers you this gift, and by that, you are loved!

 

Supported by
Embassy of Israel
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