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29 November 2018

An exhibition of First Peoples fashion will be a highlight of the largest-ever international presentation of Melbourne fashion, opening in Hong Kong this week.

Curated by Philip Boon, the Recognition exhibition features celebrated First Peoples designers and collaborations: Lisa Waup x Verner, Walya Swimwear, Dea & Lea, Haus of Dizzy x Alexandra Blak, Peter Waples-Crowe and Vincent Li. It’s one of a series of Melbourne Fashion Showcase events being presented in the city as part of Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week, for which Melbourne is the official partner city.

The fashion film by the same name will also premiere in Hong Kong. Starring actor Tasia Zalar and model Nathan McQuire, both from Melbourne, Recognition is set against Hong Kong’s iconic cityscape and draws parallels between Hong Kong and Melbourne’s urban design culture.

Philp Boon is the film’s Creative Director and it was shot in Hong Kong by Helen Clemens. Watch the teaser above.

Recognition is one of a series of exhibitions and events that will showcase the breadth and innovation of Melbourne fashion design in Hong Kong. Around 90 local fashion designers will feature across the program which spans men’s and women’s wear, accessories, millinery, costume design, and more.

The Victorian Government, through Creative Victoria, is supporting the Melbourne Fashion Showcase to promote local fashion to a global marketplace. The broader Business of Design Week program promotes Victorians strengths across all types of design from architecture to digital games, communications, product and service design and more.

The Melbourne Fashion Showcase runs from 1–9 December 2018 in Hong Kong.

Find out more about Melbourne’s presence at Business of Design Week in Hong Kong