1 Feb 2023

ADP Consulting, Architectus, MPA and Slattery shine the spotlight on First Nations and sustainable design at Melbourne Fashion Festival

This year’s annual PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival will celebrate 9 days of world-class runways and events showcasing Australian fashion, arts, ideas, and creative endeavours for everyone to enjoy.

ADP Consulting, is proud to partner with leading property and design firms to celebrate Australian fashion and support the talents of First Nations designers in the Urban Oasis Runway.

As one of the most anticipated events in the festival’s program, Urban Oasis will reveal the creativity and craftsmanship of leading and emerging First Nations designers, whose work will share the spotlight with established and renegade street and conceptual designers from around Australia.

Taking cues from global conversations, expect streetwear edge, resplendent colour and unexpected design for the elevated every day, with a distinctive Australian edge.

Laurent Deleu, Founder and Director at ADP Consulting, said: “This is our first year supporting Melbourne Fashion Festival and we are incredibly excited to be part of this world-class event. Urban Oasis provides a strong platform for First Nations and sustainable designers to showcase their creativity and talent to a local and international audience.”

He added, “As one of the largest, privately owned Australian multi-services engineering and sustainability consultancies, we are proud to celebrate Indigenous design by supporting events that cultivate a more diverse and inclusive path toward a sustainable future.”

Ruth Wilson, Principal for Clients & Communications at Architectus, said: “We’re proud to continue our support for the Melbourne Fashion Festival and its work showcasing the breadth and depth of First Nations design talent in Australia.”

“As a practice, we’re committed to supporting the design community, promoting diversity, and highlighting the contributions of First Nations creative professionals,” Ruth added. “Events like Urban Oasis fulfil those aims while also adding to the rich array of annual events on Australia’s cultural calendar.”

Sarah Slattery, Managing Director at Slattery, said: “We are delighted to continue supporting PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival and its efforts in shining a light on the design talent in Australia. The inclusion of First Nations designers alongside leading, established, and emerging Australian designers replicates our efforts as a practice to highlight the diversity of artists in Australia and help create meaningful change and engagement with First Nations communities.”

Sarah Hogan, MPA Client Relations Director, said: “MPA’s involvement in the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival and partnership with our property industry consortium exemplifies our ongoing commitment to our RAP, and focus on making a measurable impact that makes a difference.”

In 2022, Architectus, MPA and Slattery – along with Brookfield Properties – supported the festival’s First Nations Program featuring the First Nations Runway and the KIN Fashion Exhibition. Architectus interior designers also created a space for First Nations designers to display work during the festival.

Urban Oasis takes place on 9 March 2023 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Wurundjeri Country.

Learn more about the event:  https://bit.ly/3wbyBAJ