On Friday the 24th August, Worawa hosted a fashion event: Stylin’ Up. The genesis of the idea came from the art of the students – art is an important means of expression for Aboriginal identity and is a link to community and to the Dreaming. Worawa partnered with the RMIT School of Textile and Design to create artwork that was digitally printed onto fabric. Leading fashion designer, Ana Novak of Ankie, designed and created the garments.
Students from Worawa modelled their designs while students from Genazzano FCJ, Healesville High School, Tintern Schools and Yarra Valley Grammar modelled the designs of Aboriginal designer Lenore Dembski of Paperback Woman designs. The Worawa collection was based on the Wurundjeri seasons and reflected the Aboriginal iconography offset by jewellery inspired by traditional adornments.
Entertainment was provided by the iconic Kutcha Edwards and Indigenous contemporary dance artist Rheannan Port, a stunning Aboriginal performer. Kylie Farmer was pitch perfect in her MC duties, warming the room with her infectious laughter.
Worawa students who produced the art used in the designs were on hand to see the end product of their creativity.
In addition, the silent auction and raffle were both massively successful, with all art items being sold and the raffle prizes going to some very happy winners.
Worawa is immensely proud of all of the girls who took part in the evening. They were a credit to not only their school, but their families and communities.
The Worawa Community would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors:
- Nilimjak Kangoo – Indigenous Family Violence Partnership
- Paperbark Woman
- David Wirrpanda Foundation
- RMIT Textile Design
- Tintern Schools
- Yarra Valley Grammar
- Genazzano FCJ College
- Scotch College
- Healesville High School
- Cinori Shoes
- Virgin Australia
- Darwin Airport Gateway Motel
- Way Outback Tours, Darwin
- Travel Inn
- Best Western Plus Travel Inn
- The Healesville Hotel
- Heritage Yarra Valley Day Spa
- Indigenous Talent Unearthed