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State Government of Western Australia

09/08/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/07/2017 22:50

WA's cultural diversity on the runway

  • ​Fashion festival highlights cultural diversity with dedicated event
  • Event supported by the McGowan Government for $10,000

Diversity will shine at this year's Telstra Perth Fashion Festival with the introduction of The Language of Fashion: Multicultural Runway, featuring models and clothing honouring the breadth of cultures in Western Australia.

The new addition to the festival is part a suite of free events being held at Fashion Centre in Forrest Place and is supported by the McGowan Government via the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program.

Fashion Council WA have worked closely with community groups to develop the event, which will showcase a number of African, Indian and modest dress collections.

The event aims to provide a platform for culturally diverse groups at one of the State's most popular festivals as well as further highlight WA's dynamic fashion sector to the vibrant cultures right on their doorstep.

The Language of Fashion: Multicultural Runway is on Saturday, September 9 from 3pm at Forrest Place. For more information, visit http://www.omi.wa.gov.au

Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:

'Western Australia's cultural diversity is one of our biggest assets and this is especially true for the fashion sector where the creations of local designers are a reflection of our community.

'This project will bring opportunities to both multicultural communities and the fashion industry, and will create a platform for ongoing collaboration.

'The McGowan Government is proud to support this event and congratulates Fashion Council WA on their commitment to highlighting diversity throughout this hugely popular festival.'

Minister's office - 6552 5600