IMG, the official organiser and operator of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW), has announced that AAFW 2022 will highlight Indigenous Australian fashion talent.
The event, which will take place 9-13 May 2022 at Carriageworks, Sydney and virtually at australianfashionweek.com, will feature shows organised by the First Nations Fashion and Design (FNFD), a not-for-profit Indigenous Corporation who’s core business is in supporting the growth of Indigenous Australian fashion.
FNFD will open and close AAFW with two key events: a “Welcome to Country” on Monday 9 May to officially open Fashion Week, and the Closing Show and party on Friday 13 May. In addition, the runway show will be produced, styled, modelled and staffed backstage by an all-Indigenous cast and crew.
“IMG remains committed to delivering opportunities that place First Nations fashion designers and creatives at the forefront of the Australian fashion industry,” Natalie Xenita, Vice President-Managing Director of IMG’s fashion events and properties in the Asia-Pacific region, said. “We’re building on our efforts from the debut of the First Nations Fashion and Design showcase last season to create something bigger and farther reaching in new and thoughtful ways: to showcase the history and future of First Nations peoples’ creativity and sovereignty through AAFW.”
AAFW is an IMG event supported by the NSW Government through Destination New South Wales. “This spectacular event showcases the talents of our designers to the world against the backdrop of our beautiful global city that fosters cutting-edge ideas and innovation,” Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said of the upcoming event.
“Afterpay Australian Fashion Week supports our creative industries that have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic by driving job growth and increasing wholesale and export opportunities for Australian designers,” Minister Ayres added. “The Government’s support for this event aligns with our NSW Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 and the goal to position Sydney as the events capital of the Asia Pacific.”
In addition to Afterpay and Destination NSW, AAFW is also supported by the City of Sydney, DHL, Disaronno, GlamCorner, Glenfiddich Whisky, Hendrick’s Gin, Porsche, Redken, San Pellegrino, Shopify and SKYE Suites.
Tickets for AAFW 2022 are strictly limited and will be available in January 2022 at australianfashionweek.com. Consumers can sign up now to receive first access to tickets and other exclusive experiences.