Indigenous Fashion Storytelling Session
This exciting fashion conversation brings together some of the best Indigenous storytellers, to celebrate the power of fashion as a way to share culture, connect to community and continue one of the world’s oldest storytelling traditions.
Come and hear incredible speakers such as Shelley Ware, Perina Drummond and Sandy Greenwood, as they tell the stories of their favourite fashion items and explore the cultural elements of fashion and design.
This event is hosted by proud Aboriginal woman and founder of Australian Indigenous Fashion online community, Yatu Widders Hunt.
Free event, RSVP not required
Shelley Ware is a proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman from Adelaide, South Australia, who currently lives in Melbourne.
For the past decade or so, Shelley has worked in the media as a radio and television presenter on both local and national AFL and AFLW football news shows. She is the host of the AFL.com webshow, ‘The Colour Of Your Jumper’. She is a member of the Carlton FC RAP committee and the AFLW All Australian and Rising Star Selection committee. Shelley has become one of the most respected and recognised female presenters of AFL and AFLW football in the country. She was recently announced as the Essendon Women’s Network ‘Football Woman of the Year’. Shelley is a teacher who also works at Parade College as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officer.
Perina Drummond is the founder of Jira Models, a modelling agency for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The agency bares the name of her great great grandmother Nara Jira Para from Wuthathi country.
Jira is proud to represent First Peoples of Australia in the modelling world. Their talents are driven by their strong cultural connections and their desire to influence and inspire our communities around Australia. The agency was founded to assist in creating career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into the industry, and to help shape and strengthen the Australian fashion industry.
Sandy Greenwood is a First Nations actor, model, playwright and producer from the Dunghutti, Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung clans/nations of NSW. Sandy holds a BA (Drama) Hons and has trained at the Atlantic Acting School (NYC) and The Groundlings (LA). Credits include ”Stolen” for Sydney Theatre Co, “First Stage” for Melbourne Theatre Co and “Elves” for Seattle Theatre Co. Sandy is the 2019 Green Room Award winner for Best Performer in Independent Theatre for her critically acclaimed, one woman show “Matriarch”. Sandy is the founder and creative director of Jinda Productions, a female driven Indigenous production company with a number film and theatre projects slated for 2020.
This event is owned and operated by Australian Indigenous Fashion and proudly promoted by Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival as part of the Independent Program. Please contact the organiser directly for further information.
Image: courtesy of Ngali