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Shining a light on First Nations design
at PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival

Celebrating Australian fashion means showcasing the talents of First Nations designers – something Architectus is proud to do for the second year running as part of the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Alongside ADP Consulting, MPA and Slattery, our practice is sponsoring the Urban Oasis Runway on 9 March 2023 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Wurundjeri Country.

One of the hotly anticipated events in an exciting, packed program, Urban Oasis will reveal the creativity and craftsmanship of leading and emerging First Nations designers, whose work will share the spotlight with established and renegade street and conceptual designers from around Australia.

The runway event is a natural extension of our initial involvement in the festival last year. In 2022, Architectus, MPA and Slattery – along with Brookfield Properties – supported the festival’s First Nations Program featuring the First Nations Runway and the KIN Fashion Exhibition. Architectus interior designers also created a space for First Nations designers to display work during the festival.

Ruth Wilson, Principal for Clients & Communications at Architectus, said: “We’re proud to continue our support for the Melbourne Fashion Festival and its work showcasing the breadth and depth of First Nations design talent in Australia.”

“As a practice, we’re committed to supporting the design community, promoting diversity, and highlighting the contributions of First Nations creative professionals,” Ruth added. “Events like Urban Oasis fulfil those aims while also adding to the rich array of annual events on Australia’s cultural calendar.”


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