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How CALD designers like Safuratu Bakare are using fashion to showcase rich tapestry of multicultural community

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The fashion business has lengthy been criticised for a lack of range and illustration, however Perth designer Safuratu Bakare is making massive strides to break the glass ceiling. 

The Nigerian born migrant has been using her cultural heritage to encourage her creations. 

“The African cloth is gorgeous,” she stated. 

“Some individuals name it loud, however I name it daring and delightful, they are beautiful—you possibly can take the African cloth and simply flip it into one thing marvellous.”

Her husband moved round for work, which meant she had the chance to be taught many different expertise.

Safuratu Bakare educated younger migrant ladies in Perth to assist them compete in pageants. (

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“I bought my cosmetology diploma in America, I bought my diploma for stitching in South Korea and two-and-a-half years later my husband was transferred again to Nigeria,” she stated. 

“I began my [fashion] enterprise in Nigeria in 2012, then he was transferred to Australia.” 

A close-up shot of a woman's hands as she sews with a needle.
Ms Bakare primarily works with materials corresponding to ankara and aso-oke, which are native to her residence nation and different components of Africa. (

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Extremely completed, she additionally works as a registered nurse in Perth however her love for fashion has at all times been on the forefront. 

A woman poses for a photo on the catwalk at a fashion show wearing a black dress marked with blue and orange patterns.
Ms Bakare makes use of her Nigerian cultural heritage to encourage her creations. (

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She primarily makes use of materials corresponding to ankara and aso-oke, which are native to her residence nation and different components of Africa. 

“Earlier than, [aso-oke] used to be solely the rich who might afford it. 

“It was made for the chiefs and all that however these days it is out there to everyone. 

“It is distinctive in a way, it is like a wool, a cotton wool that’s woven collectively and it is available in stripes that I’ve to be part of collectively piece by piece to create a design,” she defined. 

Difficult stereotypes by way of fashion

Like many different migrants, Ms Bakare is decided to inform her story on her personal phrases. 

“So, I am using fashion, I am using my designs to inform the African story in a method I would like individuals to perceive it … as a result of most of the time the media do not give a great notion of the African tradition or African method of life.” 

A group of models from diverse backgrounds and dressed in various outfits gather backstage at a fashion show.
Fashions backstage at a current fashion present in Perth in celebration of the launch of Multicultural Integration Australia (MCIA).(

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Her designs had been just lately showcased at a neighborhood fashion occasion.

It was in celebration of the launch of Multicultural Integration Australia (MCIA), a brand new umbrella group designed to create cultural consciousness. 

The present was hosted in collaboration with Face WA Fashions and Pageants—a Perth coaching group for aspiring fashions from numerous backgrounds, which is now half of the MCIA. 

Ms Bakare has taken it as a chance to present individuals the richness of her tradition and break unfavourable stereotypes about her community by way of fashion. 

“This platform is essential to me. 

Serving to migrants get into modelling 

Filipino migrant Helen Shaw based Face WA Fashions and Pageants in 2017. 

With a background in modelling and fashion design, she began coaching younger migrant ladies in Perth to assist them compete in pageants and break into the modelling world. 

A mid-shot of a smiling woman wearing a black outfit.
Filipino migrant Helen Shaw based Face WA Fashions and Pageants in 2017 to assist younger migrant ladies in Perth break into the modelling world. (

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“After I first began this, I solely educated the ladies in my very own yard,” she stated. 

Her ardour is to empower individuals of all backgrounds, genders, styles and sizes to embrace themselves and assist them develop their confidence. 

“These women that needed to pursue modelling and pageantry and have excelled on this space, we get to ship them to signify Australia internationally. 

“We herald so many fashions from totally different international locations representing their origin and heritage and it is all about unity. 

“We are all Australians, however we now have our personal origin. 

A young woman poses for a photo backstage at a fashion show wearing a black outfit.
Malaysian-born Ingrid Ngiau is a kindergarten instructor by day in Perth however freelances as a mannequin in her spare time. (

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Malaysian-born Ingrid Ngiau is one of Face WA’s latest recruits. 

“Rising up, I at all times beloved fashion, I used to be at all times experimenting with my very own private fashion,” she stated. 

“I used to watch worldwide magnificence pageants… and I actually loved watching how assured the ladies had been, how they had been representing their international locations.”

The 29-year-old is a kindergarten instructor by day however freelances as a mannequin in her spare time. 

Three migrant models applying make-up backstage
The fashion present was hosted in collaboration with Face WA Fashions and Pageants. (

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“I’ve at all times been somewhat shy and been that sort of one that wants a bit of assist and assist and encouragement to come out of my shell,” she stated. 

“It has been such an incredible journey. 

“I used to be slowly rising in confidence alone however after I lastly joined Face WA, that confidence and feeling of acceptance and that mentoring simply helped me develop exponentially.” 

Models from diverse backgrounds and dressed in unique outfits walk along a catwalk at a fashion show.
Face WA helps to have fun the range of cultures in Australia’s modelling scene. (

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She hopes there might be extra alternatives in fashion for numerous fashions like her as extra individuals be taught in regards to the significance of inclusiveness. 

“After I [first] got here right here I did not actually discover a lot celebration of the totally different cultures, not many individuals knew the place Malaysia was … and there is been a giant enchancment since then and issues like this assist take the steps to getting extra respectful and numerous,” she stated. 

“I really feel that each single tradition is particular by itself, they have their very own traditions, festivals, cuisines that is so particular and I feel it makes our tradition as Australians even richer — to have everybody bringing the very best of their tradition to the desk.” 

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