Pacific Runway: Macarthur fashion on the Sydney stage

Eveleigh will get a taste of the Macarthur fashion scene this month.

Carriageworks – which plays host to Sydney’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – will hold a fashion show of a different kind on October 30.

The special event, called Pacific Runway, was founded by Minto resident Jannike Seiuli, and celebrates Pacific Islanders in the fashion industry.

Pacific Runway began life in 2012 at Wests Leagues Leumeah, before moving to the Casula Powerhouse as part of the Pacifica Festival.

Now, the many locals involved can show off their talents to a wider audience.

‘‘This is the first show of our kind to be held at this level,’’ Ms Seiuli said.

‘‘But I believe in our team — we want to encourage not just Pacific people to come along, but everyone, and showcase our talents to a mainstream crowd.’’

This year’s Pacific Runway is being held in conjunction with the NSW Council for Pacific Communities and the Lepou fashion label from Fairfield.

It features the returning talents of around 20 Macarthur locals, including hairstylists, designers, models, make-up artists and back-of-house professionals.

Ms Seiuli is excited that her passion project has grown so much in such a short time, and cannot wait to see its reach extend even further.

‘‘Pacific designers have never really had that chance to step out into the mainstream,’’ she said.

‘‘I am proud that so many people from our community are still happy to be involved.

‘‘We don’t want to forget where we came from, and where it all started — Macarthur is still heavily involved.’’

For more information on the show visit General admission into the show is $50.


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