Fashions of Multicultural Australia (FOMA)

Project Summary

13 August 2018

Sector: Building Cultural Understanding / Society and Culture
Country location: Australia, Republic of Korea
Grantee: Gandhi Creations Pty Ltd

Project Description

Fashion is a common denominator among all cultures and a catalyst for social cohesion.

Fashions of Multicultural Australia (FOMA) is a first-ever national initiative that will integrate cultures, generate trade opportunities, and foster social cohesion through the universally binding industry of fashion. It will provide an opportunity for designers to work with trend setters from across the globe and will acknowledge the origins of Australian fashion and how migration has historically affected it. FOMA is grounded in the soft power of fashion diplomacy, a power we are able to exercise through the support of our Government partners.

The 2019 initiative will combine a spectacular runway show with a range of engaging cultural designer hubs. Attendees can expect to see a showcase of international, indigenous Australian, migrant and refugee designers as they converge and collaborate on stage at a venue of great cultural significance, The Cutaway, Barangaroo. The cultural designer hubs will present opportunities for the public to buy directly from the designers, to immerse themselves in Australia multicultural landscape, and to understand the impact of fashion transnationally.

FOMA is pleased to announce the Republic of Korea as our in-country partner for the inaugural FOMA showcase.

Key dates:

  • FOMA Runway Show, Sydney, 28 February 2019 to 28 February 2019
  • TAFE NSW Australian Fashion Masterclass, Sydney, 01 March 2019 to 01 March 2019
  • FOMA Showcase as a satellite event at Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne, 02 March 2019 to 02 March 2019

Social media: Facebook: @fomaustralia | Instagram: @fomaustralia

Australia-Korea Foundation grant offer: $30,000.00

Last Updated: 6 August 2018
fashion model on the runway surrounded by many onlooking spectators

Dress by Brazilian Designer Vanessa Moe on Show at the 2018 FOMA Soft Launch. Credit: Bridgette Grant.