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AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK 2013

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  • Australian Indigenous Fashion Week (AIFW) is Australia's first national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fashion showcase under one banner.
     
    The inaugural event will be taking place in Sydney initially over two days, 30-31 August 2013, and will provide a platform for promoting authentic Australian Indigenous made products. The event will then expand to a week-long celebration by 2015.
     
    The AIFW event will be open to industry buyers and consumers and will feature the best of Australian Indigenous designs, textiles, accessories and furniture from communities around Australia. The event will provide multiple opportunities to promote Australia’s extremely talented Indigenous designers, nurture new designers and provide design collaboration opportunities with national and international brands.
    One of the main aims of AIFW is to improve the economic status of Aboriginal people by brokering relationships with local and international buyers. Beyond that, it is also a chance to celebrate indigenous designers and increase their profile. AIFW will promote ethical trading and best practice when working with and purchasing or licensing Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander arts, prints, designs and cultural products.
  • Samantha Harris as the AIFW Ambassador — image copyright AIFW
  • Australian Indigenous Supermodel Samantha Harris has been announced as the AIFW Ambassador for the first year. Harris has been modelling since the age of 13, she is an Australian Indigenous Style Icon, as well a role model for other Indigenous Australians. Samantha is the perfect face for such a new, innovative and culturally rich project showcasing the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures annually.
    Samantha will lead the campaign and be an advocate for ethical practice, Indigenous economic advancement and the practice of protecting the Intellectual, Cultural Property rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. In this process, Samantha will also educate and inform the wider community and industry about Indigenous Australian stories, culture and heritage through the uniquely Australian products.