"We have to put things back to where it belongs. Beauty didn't start in Paris. It started in Africa thousands of years ago. I want my legacy to be - ancestrality is not dead - Rituels Originels d’Afique.” Salwa Petersen, Founder - Chébé du Tchad.
"However, there are still not enough women, let alone Indigenous women, in senior leadership roles and in governments. We want to keep smashing those glass ceilings and, if it’s the challenge we choose, replacing our glass slippers with steel-capped boots too!" Kristy Masella, CEO of Aboriginal Employment Strategy.
Director Yandi Chali opens Repkulture's first retail outlet with Activate Perth. Let's meet the brand that aims to inspire African-Australian youth to have the pride and confidence to wear traditional African print as well as inviting all Australians to share and enjoy their love of culture and fashion.
If you’ve seen her jewellery you’ll remember it – bold, colourful, sometimes political and often nostalgic. Wiradjuri woman Kristy Dickinson has built Haus of Dizzy from the ground up. Armed with her solar-powered lasercutter, Kristy puts the ‘Deadly’ in design.
Upmarket, sexy and playful, Porte-à-Vie is the creation of former Vogue Australia colleague Lisa Hili and ex editor-in-chief Kirstie Clements. The Porte-à-Vie woman is confident, curious and expects the best in life, from the most delicate European lace bra, to the most cutting-edge, high tech pleasure items on the market.
When it comes to makeup and women of colour in Australia, the two are often treated as mutually exclusive by leading retailers. But that’s all about to change. Kleur is challenging the mainstream cosmetics industry by representing women with diverse skin tones.
"If you talk about the sustainability aspect it can kill the romance and excitement that fashion brings. Everyone wants the fantasy, to look good and feel fabulous. I wanted to create a commercial product that has quite a powerful story." Tegan Cowlishaw.