Established by proud Warumungu / Wombaya woman Jessica Johnson, Nungala Creative produces innovative content with a distinct Aboriginal voice.
The brand has garnered an extensive network of co-creators and clientele through proven excellence across platforms – print, product, animation, illustration, social, broadcast and brand development. This journey into fashion has been years in the making and fresh off Australian Fashion Weeks FNFD runway the first range is a celebration of the style and swag we all embody even in our post casual moments - all about being comfy and cute, a little bit loud and always unapologetic.
Jessica says “I've been a huge fan of Pacific Runway, truly honoured to open for 2021. This is such an invaluable space for our excellence to shine from the catwalk to the attendees, events like these are a spectacular expression of who we are and what we are capable of as First Nations people.”
FLYING FOX CLOTHING
Sandra Tupu is an independent designer working from her home studio in Auckland NZ. Over the past 10 years she has been part-time with her design work as she raises her family of four. Her design work over time has focussed on custom made garments for individual clients with her most recent one of note being a Logie outfit for Robbie Magasiva (acclaimed NZ/Pacific actor currently starring in Wentworth Australia).
Sandra was involved for three years with Trash to Fashion for Auckland schools as a Judge. Also completed a theatre project as Costume designer for ‘The Nakeds do Magic’ show as a part of the 2018 Auckland International Festival of the Arts. Working with ‘The Conch’ NZ/Pacific theatre company under the amazing direction of Nina Nawalowalo ONZM & Tom McCrory , alongside one of New Zealand’s most successful Polynesian comedic groups - the Naked Samoans.
After graduating she won awards for the following:
Westfield Style Pasifika where my capsule collection ‘Tatau’ won 4 awards ; Menswear, 3 piece category along with Highly commended to Supreme and ultimately the Supreme award.
iD Dunedin Emerging Designer Awards – (an International Graduate design awards competition) Sandra won the Otago University of Design ‘Sustainability’ award.
Sandra says “I am excited to develop & show you my ‘Kimba’ capsule collection. After living with our family on the outskirts of Melbourne Victoria 2000-2004 we fell in love with the area and would go on many trips. A vivid memory of camping in the Kinglake area during our time there was special. I went back to visit this area in 2010 after the most devastating Black Saturday fires of 2009.
The most poignant memory I have is of the frenzy of vivid new green plant life that had burst up around the stark black burnt tree trunks that were still standing. This inspired & led me to a more in-depth research on the history of fire upon this beautiful old country (Australia) & I became fascinated by Koorie belief & story about the ‘Living Body’ of Australia and their tradition of fire has spurred me to create a small capsule menswear range driven by shape, nature & hope.”
AXG GARMENT CO
A premium streetwear label, balancing a contemporary design aesthetic with high-quality materials and a proud focus on wearability. A brand redefining streetwear, through the guiding ethos of being true to yourself - by designer Gusi Brown
PUBLIC ISLAND SOCIETY
Public Island Society is a co-ed ready-to-wear fashion brand. Designer Iki Haangana says "I'm often in my own creative world where I purposely blur the rules of high-end and streetwear into creating a vibrant and over the top ‘offbeat elegance’. But to me it's more than just t-shirts and dresses. It's about the stories and their histories, colours and different cultures, relationships, and most importantly not being afraid of finding new versions of your energy. And you'll find that seeps into all aspects of my work."
Johjos is a fashion brand that celebrates the colour and creativity of the African diaspora.
Designer Mayen says "We are of Nigerian, Ghanaian, British and American heritages, and our vibrant design reflects the cultural hybridity found amongst today's modern traveling society.
This collection is called Uwemedimoh which, in the Efik language of South-Eastern Nigeria, means 'Life is Wealth'. It will feature a pleated theme to represent lines, lineage, folding, and adapting to change."
Reigning from Auckland New Zealand, John Maumau is of Tongan descent and developed a love for creative arts, specifically design; from the early age of 12.
John was profoundly inspired when living in Nigeria in his early 20s by the vibrant colours and eccentric patterns used to express one's identity. This time in Africa as well as his love for the 90s era and his polynesian culture have played a significant role in influencing his creativity.
In a cultural climate - specifically for men - where a passion for the arts and fashion is commonly riddled with stereotypes, mockery and sadly - shame; John had been reluctant for decades to share his designs and vision. It's been in recent years where he has cultivated an awareness and greater sense of self which has empowered him to explore and be liberated in what his creative energy can achieve. It's within this space John forged, Broken Empire.
Designer Aisea, grew up at the feet of his Mother at her sewing machine and though Fashion designing was not in his sights then, when the time arrived, it was not a difficult transition into it.
Aisea has been in the fashion scene for 15 years with his brand - Hefrani. Hefrani - is a Rotuman word meaning Morning Star.
Aisea says “ My designs are inspired by our Island environment and nature, mainly Sunrises & Sunsets. Designs are Flowy, Cascading depicting ocean waves and the swaying trees etc”.
Although Hefrani has “revamped” most of his designs blending with modern patterns, there is always an element or fraction in each design that has the Essence of the Islands.
A KAHUI DESIGN STUDIO
Annamaria Kahui is an aspiring Fashion Designer. She completed Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology in 2020 and is currently studying the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology.
Annamaria is of Polynesian and Caucasian descent. Born in Ōpunake a small town on the southwest coast of Taranaki, New Zealand. Annamaria and her family moved to Australia when she was 9 years old. The South-West suburb of Campbelltown was home to her until the age of 15 when she decided to move to Melbourne - Australia’s Fashion Capital. This is where her love for Fashion grew exponentially.
From a young age her love for Fashion was influenced from her own mother’s love for Fashion. “My mother had a unique sense of style and whatever she wore she wore it with tremendous confidence, it really inspired me to express myself in the same manner.”
Annamaria has always had the desire to Design and Create her own garments. Raising her two children has been the main priority in her life thus far and now that her children are in their teens she has decided that now is the perfect time for her to pursue her dreams.
MEGAN CANNINGS DESIGNS
Always sketching and drawing designs from a young age, Megan Cannings has truly made a name for herself on the world stage.
Being featured in New York Fashion Week 2018, her designs captivated the audience and fellow designers. From humble beginnings in Australia's North, Megan has grown and pushed the boundaries of women's fashion.