Fashions of Multicultural Australia supported by DFAT NSW, brings you another spectacular annual array of designers and cultural exhibits on Friday 1 May 2020 across a full day of activities and a publicly accessible cultural designer exhibit that concludes with a spectacular runway show. Audience will witness a showcase of First Nations, Migrant, International and Refugee designers as they converge and collaborate at a venue great cultural significance, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.
FOMA 2020 would like to thank government leaders, partners, foreign governments, and the communities that make this such a diverse and inclusive platform that generates trade opportunities, and fosters social cohesion.
What have our previous designers experienced in the past, simply by participating? Click here to read about FOMA 2019 Designer of the year, Anjilla Seddeqi.
To view the FOMA 2019 image gallery, please click here.
Colleen Tighe Johnson is a proud descendant of the First Peoples of Aboriginal Australia. A proud Gomeroi woman, Colleen grew up in Moree, NSW. Colleen uses her fashion as a way to revive Gomeroi Dreaming Stories in today's youth culture. Her brand "Buluuy Mirrii" has been featured in international fashion events including Fashion Speaks International World Fusion Wearable Art 2017 in British Columbia Canada. In 2017 she also became the first-ever International Indigenous Designer to open PLITZS New York City Fashion Week
The First Peoples of Aboriginal Australia
Jasmine Jeong was born into hanbok. Her mother made traditional hanbok devotionally and caringly brought down from her own mother the art of sewing and embroidering.
Jasmine has proudly taken on the family business from Seoul, South Korea to Sydney, Australia under the family business operating under ‘limhanbok’ and has assisted in many events including, not limited to, cultural events, NGO, council and government events.
Jasmine is an advocate for volunteering and helping the communities in need of assistance. Her experiences as well as theoretical background in making traditional hanbok for 10 years is her biggest asset. Based on a high understanding of hanbok, she can skillfully use composition methods, patterns, materials, and details to develop various designs ranging from women’s wear to men’s wear
Johjos is a celebration of color, created from wax cotton traditionally born in Indonesia as batiks, transported by the Dutch, and found a welcoming home on the African continent. She is a Nigerian-born, British-Australian whose creativity draws inspiration from her travels, a lust for color and a passion for cultures. she thrives at the intersection of differing cultures meeting. The vibrant pieces range from clothing to handmade accessories, expressing relatable cultural hybridity found amongst today's modern traveling society.
Five Pleats by Poornima Menon was born out of my love for the handlooms. It is a journey through the heartland of India, through the by lanes where artisans weave, print and embroider to create this mystical, magical garment. Sarees symbolize Indian ethnicity, telling stories that are intrinsically tied with the traditions and folklore of the individual states. Sarees can be improvised to transform the wearer from the demure to the daring, from traditional to modern. Five Pleats is the bridge between the weaver and the wearer.
Wendy Scully is a full time milliner who creates bespoke millinery pieces all year round. She currently works from her retail store/ workshop in Howey Place, Melbourne CBD, which she opened in July 2018. Her philosophy is to hand create all components of her exquisite and individually unique head pieces. Wendy has combined her over 40 years experience as a sculptor and textile designer/ teacher to specialize in millinery over the last 6 years. Each headpiece is a one only creation.
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-sculpted jewelry, where every jewel is embedded with light. She offers you this gift and, by that, you are loved!