Cul­ture comes to runway

Kwinana Courier - - News -

SHUMI Tsungu, of Wel­lard, will rep­re­sent African wear in the in­au­gu­ral Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val Mul­ti­cul­tural Runway next month.

She said it was a great op­por­tu­nity for fash­ion de­sign­ers from dif­fer­ent cul­tures to gain ex­po­sure.

“A lot of the de­sign­ers are from an African back­ground but are get­ting their ed­u­ca­tion in Perth so they’re im­ple­ment­ing their skills on African de­signs that are mod­ern,” Ms Tsungu said.

Ms Tsungu is a committee mem­ber on the Mul­ti­cul­tural Runway and is the Face of Africa Aus­tralia mag­a­zine founder.

Aisha No­vakovich is hop­ing to break stereo­types about Mus­lims with the in­clu­sion of mod­est wear in fes­ti­val.

It’s re­ally im­por­tant in this cli­mate that peo­ple get to ex­pe­ri­ence what mod­est fash­ion looks like for the mod­ern Mus­lim wo­man,” she said.

“It’s re­ally about ed­u­ca­tion and ul­ti­mately we want to nor­malise mod­ern fash­ion wear.

“Mod­est wear is not just for Mus­lims, all women can dress the way they choose and that ex­tends to what a Mus­lim wo­man wears.”

Bindiya Man­chanda is rep­re­sent­ing In­dian wear.

She said peo­ple were host­ing themed par­ties and in mul­ti­cul­tural mar­riages, the bride and groom both of­ten wore tra­di­tional dress.

Mrs Man­chanda said her hus­band’s work­place re­cently hosted a Bol­ly­wood themed party so his col­leagues raided her wardrobe.

The trio agrees that the au­di­ence will ap­pre­ci­ate the mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment as much as the fash­ion.

The free Lan­guage of Fash­ion: Mul­ti­cul­tural Runway is on Satur­day, Septem­ber 9, from 3pm at For­rest Place.

TPFF are giv­ing you the chance to WIN 1 of 2 dou­ble passes to In­ter­na­tional Runway on 15 Septem­ber held at Crown Pyra­mid. En­ter on­line at www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au/com­pe­ti­tions. Com­pe­ti­tion closes 10am Au­gust 25.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472548

Aisha No­vakovich, of Man­ning, Shumi Tsungu, of Wel­lard, and Bindiya Man­chanda, of Mos­man Park.

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