Indige­nous looks in fash­ion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - With Belinda Cipri­ano

PERTH model Han­nah Col­lard is hop­ing Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val’s Chirriger Abo­rig­i­nal Run­way will chal­lenge the idea of beauty in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

Fresh off the Mel­bourne Fash­ion Week run­way, the 24-year-old model, orig­i­nally from Broome, is one of sev­eral indige­nous women to walk in the col­lab­o­ra­tive show, fea­tur­ing de­signer San­dra Rives and Abo­rig­i­nal artist Peter Farmer.

Col­lard said she was ex­cited to rep­re­sent the indige­nous com­mu­nity, which she be­lieved was un­der-rep­re­sented in the in­dus­try.

“One of my cousins had been work­ing with Mi­randa and Peter Farmer for a few years as an artist and they de­cided to do some indige­nous de­signs to try to build a col­lec­tion and use indige­nous mod­els to rep­re­sent them,” she said.

“We did an open cast­ing call and I came on board to lend my ex­per­tise to the girls and help get them to where they need to be, so build­ing con­fi­dence and em­pow­er­ing them through mod­el­ling.

“I think we need to chal­lenge the ideas of beauty in the fash­ion in­dus­try in Aus­tralia - it’s not just one look and that’s the sad part.

“I want young Abo­rig­i­nal girls to look in mag­a­zines and see Abo­rig­i­nal women rep­re­sent­ing them.”

The Chirriger col­lec­tion, mean­ing ‘Splen­did Blue Fairy Wren’, will in­clude five of Farmer’s Abo­rig­i­nal art­works printed on to ready-to-wear fash­ion.

Col­lard said she would wear it with pride.

“To me it’s im­por­tant to be in­volved,” she said.

“I’ve been very for­tu­nate in my ca­reer.

“I did a pro­gram called Kimberley Girl and I want to give back. They gave me my start and I want to show oth­ers that I know where they have come from.”

■ Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has a dou­ble pass to give away to TPFF’S Wheels and Doll­baby run­way show on Septem­ber 17 at Crown Pyra­mid. En­ter at www. com­mu­ni­ by 10am, Septem­ber 14. Chirriger Abo­rig­i­nal Run­way Fash­ion Cen­tral - For­rest Place Satur­day, Septem­ber 9, at 1pm Free­strap­erth­fash­ion­fes­ti­

Pic­ture: Tris­tan Judd

WHAT: WHERE: WHEN: EN­TRY: WEB: Han­nah Col­lard.

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