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1 March 2016

Victorian Indigenous fashion talent will take to the catwalk at this year's Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival as part of a ground-breaking Global Indigenous Runway event.

Melbourne designers Ly-Al Young (evening wear) and Heather Kennedy (footwear) will represent Victoria and showcase their collections alongside Indigenous designers and emerging talent from Canada, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. 

Designed to support Indigenous fashion talent and designers to break into the fashion industry, the Indigenous Runway Project - which manages the runway program - was established in Melbourne in 2012 when its Founder, make-up artist turned mental health worker Tina Waru, ran a make-up class for Indigenous youth.

Since then the Indigenous Runway Project has gone on to hold workshops, mentoring programs and runway events for aspiring Indigenous designers, models and hair and make-up artists across Australia and internationally.

Fourteen designers, working across street wear, haute couture, accessories, swimwear, footwear, jewellery and daywear will participate in the 2016 runway event. Victorian models, hair and make-up artists and backstage crew members - all with Indigenous heritage – will round out the production team.

Previously part of the Fashion Festival's cultural program, for the first time, the 2016 event is part of the Offsite Runways program, a series of events that showcase the talents of independent, emerging designers.

The Global Indigenous Runway event will take place at Melbourne Museum at 4pm on Tuesday 8 March 2016. 

Tickets are on sale now