The Australian Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands, witnessed a grand gathering of Australian expats, political representatives, fashion enthusiasts, and even royalty on September 21st for the Travelling Runway show. This exceptional event, following the success of the First Nations Fashion Show and Aboriginal Art Exhibition in London, showcased the talents of Indigenous Australian designers, artists, photographers, and models, aiming to bring Indigenous excellence to the global stage.
HRH Princess Laurentien and Countess Eloise of Orange-Nassau graced the event with their presence, adding a touch of regality to the evening. The festivities began with a garden marquee reception, allowing guests to socialize before the formal proceedings.
Shannon McGuire, CEO of the Kirrikin Foundation, opened the event, highlighting the foundation’s vital role in promoting Indigenous creative enterprises’ growth and commercial success. The Kirrikin Foundation focuses on creating sustainable livelihoods for participating artists while providing support for Indigenous women through training, development, and business education.
Amanda Healy, founder of Kirrikin Foundation and label, elaborated on the Travelling Runway Cultural Tour’s mission, emphasizing its aim to provide a pathway to commercialization, networking, and exposure for Indigenous Australian creatives. The tour also seeks to raise awareness about the diverse tapestry of Indigenous culture.
Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dr. Greg French, underscored the importance of hosting leaders in Indigenous Australian fashion and culture. He highlighted how Australia’s First Nations culture is capturing global interest and audiences, contributing to reconciliation efforts within the nation.
The runway showcased collections from talented First Nation designers, featuring a wide range of designs, from opulent resort wear to chic swimwear and exquisite evening gowns. Two standout models at the event were 15-year-old Palawa model Tanisha Quilliam and Rex Strickland, a Wonnarua man and former captain of the Western Australian Indigenous cricket team.
The Travelling Runway show was a resounding success, leaving the audience in awe and receiving enthusiastic applause. It showcased the immense talent of Indigenous Australian designers, artists, and creators on the global stage.
Stay tuned to witness the continued success and impact of this delegation of incredible Indigenous Australian talents.
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