“Fashions of Multicultural Australia, or FOMA, is an excellent initiative seeking to increase integration and understanding between cultures and to help foster greater social cohesion through the uniquely universal industry of fashion. The Republic of Korea is exceptionally honoured to be able to present Korean fashion alongside this collection of brilliant designers from around the world and would like to thank all the designers for their participation in this multicultural event.
The fashion industry is one of the most vibrant and diverse industries in the world. It is a sector that celebrates creativity and beauty whilst also generating endless opportunities in terms of global exchanges in both trade and investment. FOMA is representative of Australia’s greater dedication to the ideals of multiculturalism and should be congratulated for its contributions to greater cultural understanding”.
- Consul General Sangsoo Yoon I Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea
"It was such an honour to open the inaugural event for FOMA's Light 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 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
“Fashion is an industry of diversity, creativity and harmony, a fingerprint of each country’s identity. Fashions of Multicultural Australia unite in a single platform the uniqueness of each country that makes Australia so diverse and at the same time so unique. Thank you for recognizing the talent of our Designers that take Portuguese Fashion further”.
- Carlos Pacheco, Trade Commissioner, Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency
"My key principle as a designer is that in order for me to showcase my outfits anywhere, I have to be able to send a message in doing so. Australia was the perfect venue for this message, being a big land of Peace and Humanity.
FOMA provided me with a blank page in the form of a catwalk and musical notes in the form of models. I provided lyrics in the form of my outfits, instrumentation in the form of my choreography and with all this in tow was able to compose “Peace and Humanity” a song dedicated to the big land that can be called a mosaic of many cultures. I am incredibly proud to have resonated in the hearts of the attendees with my showcase and am incredibly honoured to have received the “International Designer of the Year” award, one that I will be sure to speak of for years to come.
FOMA, I have made some sensational memories with you, memories that have renewed my courage for more big shows with you and I hope that we reunite soon. I am incredibly excited at the opportunity to share my experiences and my dreams with the students of the TAFE Fashion Design Studio and build in them the same passion for fashion that I have myself.
This man with a studious heart and a head full of dreams loves you FOMA. Thank you."
- Abdullah Ö ztoprak, FOMA 2018 International Designer of the Year
"It was such an honour for the Alberto Barros team to be a part of a monumental occasion and also the inaugural FOMA event for which I am sure is the beginning of many more to come. To have a platform so unique that strays from mainstream fashion and instead puts an emphasis on the values and various cultures of unique fashion is such a great initiative. The calibre of all designers was breathtaking – it was an honour for us to be a part of it all!
We are also so blessed and honoured to have received the FOMA Designer of the Year Award. Thank you again Sonia and to the Gandhi Creations team for what is a wonderful platform."
- Alberto Barros, FOMA 2018 Designer of the Year
"We would like to thank you for such a gorgeous FOMA Opening Runway Show on March 10. You have a wonderful team and it is a very good platform. All FOMA Ambassadors are really in one line with your concept, we support this.
- His Excellency Mr Grigory Logvinov & Mrs Logvinova, Ambassador of Embassy of the Russian Federation in Australia
"The FOMA show was outstanding and I can only imagine it’ll go from strength to strength. The diversity and creativity was amazing. Thank you for providing us with coverage"
- Deborah Boerne, Producer, ABC Compass
"Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this historical event. It was the most organised and efficient show i have ever been involved in and would definitely do it again. FOMA runway show was an outstanding event to be a part of and I am honoured to have contributed to making history. I am very excited to see what the future will unravel for FOMA"
- Ilham Ismail, FOMA Participating Designer
“It was indeed a pleasure to attend the event organized by the Fashions of Multicultural Australia (FOMA). The event was filled with creativity and cultural diversity presented with harmony and style. FOMA possesses talent and capacity to organize outstanding runway shows within a short span of time providing comprehensive coverage of the way of life of all continents. I congratulate FOMA and wish all the success in future pursuits.”
- Abdul Majid Yousfani, Consul General, Consulate General of Pakistan
"Being a model at the Fashions of Multicultural Australia Soft Launch was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I had the pleasure of modelling some truly breathtaking designs that allowed the audience to experience each designer’s unique heritage and vision. I believe FOMA has created something special; the event has provided a new platform for celebrating the wonderful diversity that exists in Australia."
- Kassidy Young, FOMA Model