Wrap Up: Country to Couture Fashion Show

Aly de Groot, Noleen Lalara, Maicie Lalara & Kenny Mamarika - pre show!
Aly de Groot, Noeleen Lalara, Maicie Lalara & Kenny Mamarika – pre show!

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What a HUGE few weeks for the art centre. First things first, here’s a big wrap up from the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’s ‘Country to Couture’ fashion show.

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This year was the first time Anindilyakwa Arts threads have featured on the catwalk. The collection was created in collaboration between Umbakumba artist Maicie Lalara, Angurugu artists Bernadette Watt and Annabell Amagula and Darwin textile artist Anna Reynolds.

Each of the garments were handcrafted by Anna using bush dyed and hand-painted natural fibres and salvaged sari silk. The collection was accessorised with jewellery and bags made of woven ghost net, organza dyed silk & seeds and shells collected on country.

Darwin models in the Anindilyakwa collection
Darwin models in the Anindilyakwa collection

Umbakumba artists Noeleen Lalara, Kenny Mamarika & Maicie Lalara walked the catwalk on the night, Lenny & Noeleen also strutting looks from art centres across the country.

Featuring ghostnet woven earrings & bag
Featuring ghost net woven earrings & bag
Darwin model Johannah & Maicie Lalara in Maicie's designs, a collaboration with Anna Reynolds
Darwin model Johannah & Maicie Lalara in Maicie’s designs, a collaboration with Anna Reynolds
Bush dyed silk with handpainted accents
Bush dyed silk with hand-painted accents
Kenny Mamarika & Maicey Lalara in their Anindilyakwa looks
Kenny Mamarika & Maicie Lalara in their Anindilyakwa Arts looks

Country to Couture was curated by the incredible Grace Lillian Lee, who also put together the fashion show at this year’s Commonwealth games that inspired artist Annabell Amagula to weave a dress for the runway.

Maicey Lalara, on stage in the final dress rehearsal
Maicie Lalara, on stage in the final dress rehearsal
Tammy, Emily Wurramurra, Aly, Bernadette Watt, Sharna, Letoria, Abby & Matt
Tammy Lalara, Emily Wurramara, Aly de Groot, Bernadette Watt, Sharna Wurramara, Letoria Yulidjirri, Abby Holt & Matt

Maicie’s cousin, Anindilyakwa singer songwriter Emily Wurramara joined the Anindilyakwa Arts team for the show. The Anindilyakwa Arts collection was shown on the catwalk to the soundtrack of Emily’s song Yimenda-Papaguneray (Turtle Song).

Photo - Dylan Buckee
Photo – Dylan Buckee
Photo - Dylan Buckee
Photo – Dylan Buckee
Kenny Mamarika, Annabel Amagula, Anna Reynolds, Aly d Groot, Noleen Lalara, Bernadette Watt & Maicey Lalara - Photo by Dylan Buckee
Kenny Mamarika, Annabell Amagula, Anna Reynolds, Noeleen Lalara, Aly de Groot, Bernadette Watt & Maicie Lalara – Photo by Dylan Buckee

Wow the amount of pride of have for my beautiful women from @anindilyakwa_arts is just so overwhelming, I’m still crying! Thankyou for using my song to model your beautiful creations to and for inviting me to the show xoxoxo history has been made! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ yo marrakba too deadly xoxoxox

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