Dimboola teenager, Tehya Clarke was fortunate to be chosen from thousands of applicants to participate in the Global Indigenous Runway for Melbourne’s Fashion Week.
At 14, Tehya was the youngest of the models chosen and spent a week in Melbourne, learning about the ‘runway’ with other Indigenous models from Sydney, Perth, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
The Runway was held at the Great Hall in the National Gallery of Victoria.
The Global Indigenous Management team put together a ‘sell out’ show that showcased a number of indigenous fashion designers from throughout the world.
The daughter of Trevor and Kerry Clarke, Tehya’s family, including her mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and great-grandmother, put together a collection of garments and jewellery for the runway.
The collection was named Ngujarn Malangan, meaning “Mothers and Daughters” in the Ngarigo Monero language-the language of Tehya’s great grandmother.
The Indigenous Runway is apparently highly popular and well attended by the fashion elite of Melbourne. Tehya said she really enjoyed her time and the experience of making friends from all around the world during the event.