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Powerful bodies

Booked out

12 March 2020, 8:00pm9:00pm
Location Isabella Fraser Room
via Entry 5, La Trobe Street

Put your best foot forward for this runway fashion show exploring clothing that goes beyond mere garment status to symbolise a time, place and movement. Author of Fashionista, Maxine Beneba-Clarke will MC the event, legendary costumier Rose Chong will provide the tunes and designers from The Social Studio will create the fashion.

About the Social Studio

The Social Studio is dedicated to improving the lives of young Australians who come from a refugee or migrant background and who may have experienced barriers to accessing education and/or securing employment. They use the vehicle of a fashion business – including a clothing label, retail shop, clothing manufacturer – to create meaningful social change and provide TAFE-level training, work experience, volunteer opportunities and employment in fashion, manufacturing and retail, creating imperative education and employment opportunities and pathways.

The social studio fashion designers are Tamara Leacock of Remuse Designs, Fatuma Ndenzako of Collective Closets, Muhubo Suleiman, Hoda Faratseh and Nancy Oziya, curated by Bonnie Mooney.

About Rose Chong

Rose relocated from the United Kingdom to Melbourne in 1973 and founded the now famous Rose Chong Costumes in Fitzroy in 1979. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s she designed costumes for film and television before adding theatre to the mix up until 2010. You can find her in the flamboyantly decorated costume hire store on Gertrude Street which boasts a staff of 10 super stylists and wig whisperers.

About Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is the author of the Indie and ABIA award-winning short fiction collection Foreign soil (2014). Her most recent poetry collection Carrying the world won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Award for poetry. Maxine is the author of the CBCA winning picture book The patchwork bike (a collaboration with Melbourne artist Van T Rudd) and another picture book she also illustrated, Fashionista. Her critically acclaimed memoir The hate race is being adapted for stage for Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre. She writes for the Saturday Paper.