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Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion

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Grace Lillian Lee, Body Armour – A Weave of Reflection Pink and Orange 2018. Photography by Wade Lewis. Image courtesy of the artist.

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion

18 Jul 2020 - 18 Oct 2020

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion brings together a selection of garments and textiles by First Nations designers and artists from around Australia. The first major survey of contemporary Indigenous Australian fashion to be undertaken in this country, Piinpi sheds lights on a growing industry which is blossoming and set to become Australia’s major fashion movement. Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion celebrates Indigenous art, history and culture through the lens of contemporary fashion. 

Piinpi, an Indigenous word commonly used across regions of East Coast Cape York Peninsula, refers to Indigenous ‘seasonal changes’ and the regeneration of Country. For centuries, Indigenous knowledge and connection to the land has played a pivotal role in art and culture for Australia’s First Peoples. Seasonal changes signify the availability of mayi (bush foods), when to travel, and when to collect traditional materials for ceremony and malkari (traditional dance). Across the landscape of Indigenous fashion today designers and artists are sharing their stories through beautifully crafted fabrics and wearable art.  

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion combines Indigenous art and fashion to showcase an exciting and innovative array of designs. The exhibition will feature collections by Lyn-Al Young, Grace Lillian-Lee, Babbarra Women’s Centre, Marree Clarke, Lisa Waup x Verner, Hopevale Arts and Cultural centre and many more. 

Proudly supported by Visit Victoria.


Image: Grace Lillian Lee, Body Armour – A Weave of Reflection Pink and Orange 2018.  Model - Shantel Miskin, Photographer- Wade Lewis, Videographer -Chris Baker, Assistant - Darrin Walker, Makeup Artist - Roxanne Macaraeg + Maria Morrison, Lead Hair Stylist - Cally Densmore-Lee, Hair Stylist - The Hair Studio

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Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street
Bendigo VIC 3550
T: 03 5434 6088
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W: www.bendigoartgallery.com.au

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