Diplomacy has always been more delightfully stylish at Fashion of Multicultural Australia (FOMA) 2022. As social distancing restrictions began to ease up and events came back in full force – 2022 saw the return of FOMA with its culturally immersive showcase of foreign governments.
The event featured a range of exciting initiatives comprised of activations, panel discussions, cultural exhibitions, and runway shows celebrating diversity and inclusion in Australia. Patrons witnessed a diverse showcase of 36 traditional dresses, including countries; China, Australia, Fuji, the Philippines, Armenian, Russia, and India. In addition, FOMA brought together 43 artists and designers who collaborated to make fashion runaway come to fruition.
Artists, politicians, foreign ministers, and fashion designers gathered at the Powerhouse Museum. It’s not every day a fashion show takes place underneath the Powerhouse’s iconic objects; the Catalina flying boat, famously piloted by Sir P G Taylor, where he undertook the first return from Australia to South America.
The Director of Gandhi Creations and India Australia Business Awards, Sonia Sadiq Gandhi, conceived FOMA after she saw the opportunity to foster social cohesion amongst foreign governments and strengthen the trade and goods between foreign governments.
Some of the notable designers who showcased at FOMA 2022 included one of the most celebrated fashion designers Vivian Chan Shaw, who is known for her detail-oriented designs made from jersey and silk. Her career started in the 1960s as a designer and fashion coordinator at leading bridal fabric specialists Rene and Cannes at the House of Merivale.
There was also Colleen Tighe-Johnson’s fashion label, Buluuy Mirrii, which produced elegant silhouettes where she transformed traditional Gomeroi artworks on fabrics.
Another brilliant designer who showcased at FOMA 2022 was Lena Kasparian She built her label from the ground up and designed clothes to empower women. Her designs are inspired by the timeless Parisian style and old Hollywood glamour and have been adorned by many celebrities, actors, and tv personalities.
Like a Bowerbirds’ nest where you can find all sorts of scraps, trinkets, and materials that create cohesive structure, Australian designer Sally Jackson delved into the process of deconstructing used garments and making them intricate yet beautiful clothing. In her collection at FOMA 2022, she imagined a world where vintage and waste textiles were reimagined into a new design language. Prints, patterns, and embellishments pushed the limits of sensory overload and blurred the line between waste and high fashion.
The comeback of FOMA was definitely a smashing success! Congratulations, Gandhi Creations, for organising this fabulous event – more power to you and your team.