Models wear Isobel Morphy-Walsh headpieces. Photographer: Michael Jalaru Photography. Models: Georgia King, Grace Power and Rebekah Lasky. Agency: Jira Models. Stylist: Perina Drummond. Makeup: Rosie Kalina. Hair: Afrobetty Hair.
The Koorie Heritage Trust’s latest exhibition They Shield Us offers insight into the evolution of First Nations women’s clothing wear. Ranging from contemporary garments to traditional historic pieces, the exhibition offers viewers an exciting opportunity to engage and understand the different ways in which the creation, sharing and wearing of adornments has shaped Indigenous female identity. Drawing on a selection of works from their permanent collection, the Koorie Heritage Trust have also included new works by artists such as Aunty Marilyne Nicholls, Lisa Waup and Laura Thompson to name a few.
Coming from a strong line of matriarchs, I am particularly enthused by the overarching message of resilience and empowerment that this show brings. It is important that Indigenous women are embraced and celebrated and this exhibition does exactly that. With a growing national interest into the Indigenous fashion and textile industry, They Shield Us also coincides with Melbourne Fashion Week and presents a sneak peek into some of the exciting designs and wearable fashion items being produced across our First Nations communities today.