ATC & FOMA Grand Pavilion runway
For the first time ever, Australian Turf Club collaborated with Fabrics of Multicultural to support the creative sector and successfully launched four exclusive Capsule Collections from leading regional and Greater Western Sydney designers. Audiences, witnessed an exciting runway show on Saturday 31st October as part of Greater Western Sydney’s pinnacle spring race, The Golden Eagle Day. Guests were treated to a luxurious three course lunch with a spectacular views of the racecourse and a stunning array of diverse designs on the FOMA runway. Imagery and footage 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:
Anjilla Seddeqi is an Australian designer of Afghan heritage. She arrived in Sydney, Australia in 1989 with her family seeking refuge from war torn Afghanistan.
Anjilla has interned with UNHCR and practiced refugee law for a number of years before turning her focus to fashion and design. She is inspired by her heritage as well as the classic and feminine silhouettes of the 1950s, where dressing was an art form in itself. Her debut collection was launched at Dubai Modest Fashion Week in December 2017.
After a successful career in advertising where Carole was the CEO of an advertising company in Hong Kong, Carole decided to follow her more creative side and took herself off to the UK to study millinery at the Royal London College of Fashion. Carole has been instrumental in researching, developing and introducing thermo-formable materials and plastics into the Millinery, Fashion and Cosplay Industry worldwide since 2007. She has developed materials, skills, techniques and procedures that have revolutionised the way millinery and fashion are created and produced. She has also set up distribution channels in Europe and Australasia. She has taught her unique skill sets globally for the past 5 years.
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.
First Nations People
It is all about women empowerment. 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 pieces 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 donated to NGOs to run programs that empower women in Australia to enter the fashion industry and find employment.
Johjos is a celebration of colour, created from wax cotton traditionally born in Indonesia as batiks, transported by the Dutch, and found a welcoming home on the African continent. Mayen is a Nigerian-born, British-Australian whose creativity draws inspiration from her travels, a lust for colour and a passion for cultures. Mayen 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.