The Power of Collaboration | Bianca Spender X First Nations Fashion Design

The collaboration between First Nations Designer, Grace Lillian Lee and Bianca Spender was a natural fit. 

 

As the inaugural winner of the Carla Zampatti Award in 2021’s Fashion Laureate, Grace and Bianca held an instant emotional connection.

Model is walking in white gown designed by Bianca Spender and Grace Lillian Lee

The opportunity to explore this connection creatively was relished by both parties, and the brief resonated strongly with Bianca’s environmentally minded ethos, and Grace’s instinctual nurturement for our earth.

Model is walking in white gown designed by Bianca Spender and Grace Lillian Lee
Model is wearing a white gown designed by Bianca Spender and Grace Lillian Lee

Bianca and Grace explored how to visually communicate our deep concerns surrounding coral bleaching and rising water levels, in relation to our native reefs. Grace’s signature weaving is integrated into the refined drapery that Bianca Spender is best known for.

Model is walking in white gown designed by Bianca Spender and Grace Lillian Lee
Model is walking in white gown designed by Bianca Spender and Grace Lillian Lee

The design proudly walked the runway at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week’s closing runway show, presenting the best of First Nations Fashion Design.

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