Wrap Up: From Country to Culture Fashion Show

Aly de Groot, Noleen Lalara, Maicie Lalara & Kenny Mamarika - pre show!
Aly de Groot, Noleen 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 'From Country to Couture' fashion show.

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This year was the first time Anindilyakwa threads have featured on the catwalk. The collection was created in collaboration between Umbakumba artist Maicey Lalara, Anguru artists Bernadette Watt and Annabel Amagula & Darwin 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

Umbakaumba artists Noleen Lalara, Kenny Mamarika & Maicey Lalara walked the catwalk on the night, Lenny & Noleen also strutting looks from art centres across the country.

Featuring ghostnet woven earrings & bag
Featuring ghostnet 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 handpainted accents
Kenny Mamarika & Maicey Lalara in their Anindilyakwa looks
Kenny Mamarika & Maicey Lalara in their Anindilyakwa looks

From 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 Annabel Amagula to weave a dress for the runway.

Maicey Lalara, on stage in the final dress rehearsal
Maicey Lalara, on stage in the final dress rehearsal
Tammy, Emily Wurramurra, Aly, Bernadette Watt, Sharna, Letoria, Abby & Matt
Tammy, Emily Wurramurra, Aly, Bernadette Watt, Sharna, Letoria, Abby & Matt

Maicey's cousin, Anindilyakwa singer songwriter Emily Wurramarra joined the Anindilyakwa team for the show. The Anindilyakwa 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, Annabel Amagula, Anna Reynolds, Aly d Groot, Noleen Lalara, Bernadette Watt & Maicey Lalara - Photo by Dylan Buckee