Crystalbrook Collection, owners of the Port Douglas marina, have partnered with the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) to deliver a culturally-inspired and creative fashion performance.

Since its inaugural performance in 2013, CIAF’s fashion offering has evolved into one of the program’s most highly anticipated and well attended events.
Last year, the performance culminated in three sell-out shows at Tanks Arts Centre.

CIAF artistic director Janina Harding said this year’s fashion iteration would be no exception as the event prepares to commemorate its 10-year milestone.

The show takes its cue from the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages and in 2019, in particular, observing the ceremonial tradition of body adornment.

“Buwal-barra “Messenger” Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. is the title of this year’s performance curated a talented collective comprising Bernard Singleton, Simone Arnol and Hans Ahwang.

“From the outset, the spotlight has been focused on CIAF’s fashion showcase that is completely exceptional in the way it incorporates the rich cultural threads of music and storytelling that run deep and bind Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples,” Ms Harding said.

“It is these powerful performative elements of two distinct cultures that provide an atmospheric framework to present designer collections created and curated into one dynamic show.”

CIAF’s general manager Vanessa Gillen said this year’s fashion partnership with Crystalbrook Collection will assist in positioning and profiling the event to a new audience.

“We are thrilled to welcome Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort on board as our fashion and accommodation partner providing the wings,” she said. “We need to fly in this our anniversary year and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship in the future.”