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All the First Nations shows to catch at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week this year

Emma Ruben -

Preened, bejeweled and bathed in colour, Afterpay Australian Fashion Week began with a bang today, May 15.

The annual event opened with a Welcome to Country by Uncle Brendan "Japangardi" Kerin while IMG vice-president and managing director Natalie Xenita opened the formalities.

A five-day fashion and creative hub on Gadigal Country, Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) will showcase a plethora of returning designers and new designers on the Australian fashion scene.

Spanning from May 15 to 19, AAFW has returned with a number of First Nations designers, creatives, make-up artists and models.

A highlight for mob will be the Indigenous Fashion Projects runway on Wednesday, May 17.

Fashion labels GALI Swimwear, Joseph and James, Ihraa Swim, Lazy Girl Lingerie, Gammin Threads, KAMARA Australia and Miimi & Jiinda, the show is a combination of newly launched and returning designers.

The show will be led by Mob in Fashion and Yorta Yorta creative director and stylist Rhys Ripper and Garth Ernstzen.

This AAFW is the first to feature two standalone First Nations shows: Ngali and Ikuntji Artists.

Both brag a show worth watching with Yorta Yorta, Gomeroi and Wiradjuri stylist and creative director Anastasia Keshan working at the helm for the Ikuntji Artists show.

Attendees of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week outside Carriage Works on Gadigal Land. (Image: Rhiannon Clarke)

An attendee of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week outside Carriage Works on Gadigal Land. (Image: Rhiannon Clarke)

A full list of all First Nations designers at AAFW:

Ngali (May 17) featuring:

Ngali (Wiradjuri designer Denni Francisco)

David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway (May 17) featuring:

GALI Swimwear

Joseph and James

Ihraa Swim

Lazy Girl Lingerie

Gammin Threads

KAMARA Australia

Miimi & Jiinda

Ikuntji Artists (May 18) featuring:

Ikuntji Artists

Next Gen (May 19) featuring:

Liandra Swim (Yolngu designer Liandra Gaykamangu)

We Wear Australian x Afterpay (May 19) featuring:

Ngali (Wiradjuri designer Denni Francisco)

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