Australian Fashion Week: The Future of Fashion and Potential of First Nation Artists

Caption SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17: A model walks the runway during the INJURY show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Carriageworks on May 17, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images for AFW)
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May 17, 2024

The future of Australian fashion and potential of First Nation Artists was high on the agenda this week, particularly with Australian Fashion Week’s Changemakers‘ panel which included First Nations model Elaine George, Outland Denim founder James Bartle, and Internet personality and stylist Kim Russell.

Here are the key points insights:

First Nations Artists’ Potential: First Nations artists were acknowledged as talented and culturally active individuals. However concern was expressed that the limited access to platforms and resources hampers their ability to contribute fully to the artistic landscape. The panel highlighted that inclusion and representation in the industry, big and small, contribute to bringing these voices to the forefront, passing on valuable learnings within the community and encouraging the younger generations to venture further and follow their passions. 

Role of Social Media in Fashion: The panel highlighted the significant role of social media in fashion, emphasizing its power to reach broader audiences and influence personal style. A double-edged-sword that creates unique communities from which you can pull influence and expertise if you know how to properly navigate the good and bad that the internet brings.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17: A model walks the runway during the INJURY show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Carriageworks on May 17, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images for AFW)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 17: A model walks the runway during the INJURY show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Carriageworks on May 17, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images for AFW)

Sustainability – Challenges and Benefits: The challenges of maintaining a sustainable business, financial constraints, and fear of failure were all acknowledged. However, James emphasized the importance of authenticity and transparency, recognizing the commercial benefits of public attitudes toward sustainability, including the influence of celebrity endorsements.

Mentorship and Next Generation Engagement: Mentorship was discussed heavily as a crucial element in fostering the next generation of fashion changemakers. Elaine and Kim emphasize the importance of authenticity, constructive use of one’s voice, and resilience.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

By Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites TheCarousel.com, GameChangers.com.au and WomenLoveTech.com. She is the only person to edit and publish Australia's three biggest flagship magazines - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea. Robyn was Group Publisher of Bauer Media's most successful and prestigious magazines including Woman's Day, Good Health, Grazia and ran Hearst in Australia including Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and madison. Voted one of B&T's 30 Most Powerful Women In Media at the Women in Media Awards Robyn was a keynote speaker at Pause 2021, Cebit & J&J Women In Leadership. Robyn was also the winner of the prestigious Magazine Publisher Association’s Editor of the Year award.

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