Sharing stories, strength and hope through stunning fashion

Modelling Indigenous designs on the catwalk at the Casino RSM.

Susanna Freymark

Three Indigenous designers showed their designs for the first time at the Beef Week Fashion Show.

The models are from Casino and it was clear from the moment they stepped on the catwalk that the audience was seeing something different.

Designers Val Smith, Cheryl Creed and Maggie Walsh designed some showstoppers with stunning dresses in black and with weavings.

Ms Smith acknowledged the traditional custodians of Casino and paid her respect to elders past and present.

Designers Maggie Walsh, Val Smith and Cheryl Creed on stage with the models at the Fashion Show.

“I would also like to give massive thanks to the models that showed so much courage and strength honouring my cloth and telling my story by the way that they walked,” Ms Smith said.

“My cloth represents love, connection and a sense of belonging.

“I love that I am able to express an inclusive love for all people and work towards sharing our stories, strength and hope through my art and cloth.

“I want everybody to be able to wear my cloth and for all of us to feel good together.”

Sarah Bolt from Mahmi Guyamgan Bahna Consultancy organised the involvement of Smith, Creed and Walsh and the Casino models.

Read about George Gooley Menswear at the Fashion Show.

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