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Indigenous fashion designers showcasing at the inaugural BrisAsia Festival

[by Nicole Fisher]


Image: supplied

Dami Im, Akira Isagowa and over 1000 guests will attend the new BrisAsia Festival Fashion (BAFF) Program on Friday 25 March, 2022 at the Fortitude Music Hall in Fortitude Valley as it celebrates culture through fashion by showcasing design labels with Asian, Indigenous and International heritages at the BrisAsia Festival for the first time.


The inaugural BAFF Program, produced by Fashion Festival Queensland, working closely with BrisAsia Festival producers Sounds Across Oceans and proudly supported by Brisbane City Council, Motorama and GHD, will feature a Fashion Forum event at 2pm followed by two runway fashion  shows at 6pm and 7.30pm.


Labels from throughout Queensland including Akira, Native Swimwear Australia, Joteo, Moreno Marcos, Anannasa, Murrii Quu Couture, Pagoni, M7 by Miu Tsujikawa, Hestia by Yip Wing Chi, Liz Clift, Mode Voyage, DAN STUDIO, SAJO, MYKA Studio, Nevidebla, Luna+ Sun, Fancynators and Hopevale Arts & Cultural Centre, will be showcased.


BrisAsia Festival Fashion Director Liz Golding said the event would grow as part of the annual BrisAsia Festival for the next four years.


“This new event on the Brisbane fashion calendar is a bout celebrating culture through fashion via an intimate Forum event and through two spectacular runway shows that  will each feature up to eight different designers.


“The only fashion event in Brisbane, and Queensland, specifically curated to showcase local Asian designers, champion intercultural dialogue and collaborate with Indigenous artists, BrisAsia Fashion establishes a new horizon for Queensland fashion. Queenslanders love to celebrate home-grown talent and national designers who love their Queensland supporters  and now we can do so in a way that embraces the full spectrum of our cultural diversity.


“The Forum from 2pm to 4pm will feature guest speakers Akira Isogawa from the internationally renowned Akira label; Natalie Cunningham from Australian Aboriginal luxury fashion label Native Swimwear Australia; and Sher Lo from Indian-inspired and Brisbane-based label Anannasa. It will explore cultural influence in fashion and how these designers embrace and draw on their cultural heritage and international influences to create their creative vision, perspectives and collections.


“The Runway Shows at 6pm and 7.30pm will be presented by the Motorama Group, who represent many leading Asian car brands and are located in highly diverse communities. Packed with stunning new looks from an exciting range of labels that reflect fashion inspired by and developed from their Asian, Indigenous and International influences, both shows feature front-row seating for every guest, while the fashion will be available for purchase online and in-store following the event.”


Brisbane fashion influencer Marie Hillard, ‘@thebrisbanegirl’, is the Event Ambassador and features in the event collateral. The BrisAsia Fashion Festival will support local charity Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice, through donations from ticket sales.


Tickets for the BrisAsia Festival Fashion Fortitude Music Hall events are available at with Forum-only tickets $49 each; Gala Show tickets $110 per person per show; and VIP packages including the Forum, both Gala Shows and the Afterparty $320 per person.


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