Models show looks from Aje in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge. An Aboriginal councillor spoke before the show, as Aje’s Edwina Forest explains: “We were presenting in a space that’s not traditionally our land but the indigenous people’s land so it was important to us that we started with an acknowledgement of that.” Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

‘We do things our way’: fashion label Aje celebrates Australia rather than trying to copy Paris or Milan

  • Adrian Norris and Edwina Forest launched Aje 11 years ago with a simple premise: to design fashion their friends would want to wear
  • They have turned the disadvantage of being so far from the world’s fashion capitals to their advantage, by taking inspiration from Australian nature and culture
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Models show looks from Aje in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge. An Aboriginal councillor spoke before the show, as Aje’s Edwina Forest explains: “We were presenting in a space that’s not traditionally our land but the indigenous people’s land so it was important to us that we started with an acknowledgement of that.” Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images
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Models Akiima, Shanelle Nyasiase, Ayak Veronica Bior and Nyarach Abouch Ayel, all of Sudanese origin, at the Valentino haute couture show in January 2019 in Paris.

From refugee camp to runway, African fashion models making big strides on the world’s catwalks

  • Sudanese former child refugees have emerged as a force in international modelling, led by teenage sensation Adut Akech Bior, as fashion has embraced diversity
  • They are following a path first laid by Somali-American model Iman, Sudanese-British Alek Wek, and Ajak Deng, the first Sudanese-Australian model to emerge
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Models Akiima, Shanelle Nyasiase, Ayak Veronica Bior and Nyarach Abouch Ayel, all of Sudanese origin, at the Valentino haute couture show in January 2019 in Paris.
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