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Australia Set To Launch Indigenous Fashion Week
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Australia is set to launch Australia Indigenous Fashion Week. The inaugural event will be held in Sydney on August 30-31, 2013. The event will expand to a week-long celebration by 2015.

Organized by indigenous-owned company All The Perks,
Indigenous Fashion Week will bring the
creations of 30 Aboriginal designers and artists to the world stage. It is hoped the event will improve the economic status of Aboriginal people by brokering relationships with local and international buyers.

“We are an old culture that is very rich in the arts, sports and fashion,” said Samantha Harris, an Aboriginal Australian and AIFW spokesmodel. “I want the world to know how talented the Australian Aborigines are.”

Harris, who's appeared in Vogue and Marie Claire, hopes AIFW will help the rest of the world stand up and take notice of her country’s unique heritage.

“I think people will be blown away by this project,” she said. “I haven’t seen all the designers and artwork that will be involved yet, but from what I have seen I can say there is so much talent, and I just can’t wait for everyone else to see what I have witnessed already.”

Aboriginal artistry hit the world headlines last year when Rodarte famously incorporated indigenous prints into its fall collection.  Rodarte properly licensed the textiles that they used and proceeds went to the artists involved

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