Photographer Marley Morgan takes us to Melbourne Fashion Week 2022.
Mob in Fashion was founded by Nathan McGuire in 2022, and exists to elevate First Nations voices and representation behind the scenes in the fashion industry.
Mob in Fashion had their first runway show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in Naarm. True to the name, the entire production was brought forward by an all-Indigenous team and talent. In the capable hands of Rhys Ripper behind the creative direction, the showcase presented fashion incorporating wearable art with stories tied to Country and culture.
Behind the stunning pieces is an impressive line-up of knowledgeable and talented Blak women, and world-class designers with strong ethos and commitment to sustainability and storytelling – Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, Cassie Leatham and Lillardia Briggs Houston. All three women live and work on their Country and practice traditional ways such as sourcing materials for weaving and creating, natural dye methods and art that reflects locational landscapes and ecosystems.
The incredible garments were worn by an all-Indigenous line-up of models taking centre stage while Kambarni artworks and illustrations made an illuminated backdrop.
Melbourne Fashion Week also platformed Blak excellence. The Urban Garden Show opened the annual event and included a feature of the Honey Bee Collection by Gomeroi designer Aunty Colleen Tighe Johnson from Buluuy Mirrii (meaning black star in Gamilaraay language). A follow-on from her highly sought-after Honey Ant Collection, the runway featured a diverse array of talent modelling the collection, from experienced to up-and-coming faces. The Honey Bee Collection was met by an eager and impressive turnout, and was a resounding performance to close The Urban Garden Show. It served as another reinforcer as to why Aunty Colleen is an essential figure in the international fashion world.