Liandra Gaykamangu opened the AAFW Next Gen Runway show on Friday, 19th May 2023 with her fashion label, Liandra Swim. This was the first time an Indigenous designer had showcased a stand-alone Indigenous brand since the AAFW was founded 27 years ago.
A runway show at Carriageworks featured Liandra Swim, Cameron Hill, Ruby Pedder and Xi Wu Studio. In addition to their design experience, the four Next Gen Program winners were selected for their ability to use fashion as a means of conveying important social issues that influence culture by harnessing its power.
As seen at her show, Liandra’s resort wear designs are phenomenal and can be paired with accessories. Her designs have evolved from just swimwear to include resort wear that is inspired by Aboriginal Australian culture. Liandra Swim apparel can be purchased on the official website, at David Jones and The Iconic.
“We’re here and we’re ready to be seen, heard and worn” – Liandra Gaykamangu, Founder of Liandra Swim
As a way of showing support and connecting Liandra with industry influencers, PIIF invited investors, stakeholders, and executives to attend the Next Gen Runway. Paspalis CEO Harley Paroulakis and CMO Karmen Karamanian attended the Next Gen Runway and both said it was an amazing event.
“To have an opportunity to be spotlighted and acknowledged as an up-and-coming designer to watch … that’s really important.”
“I want the brand to be a mainstream label.” – Liandra Gaykamangu
(Images: Robert Hookey; Video: Australian Fashion Week)
About Liandra Swim
Founded in 2018, Liandra swim blends contemporary Aboriginal Australian culture with premium designer swimwear. The brand has already made a name for its signature prints, which are inspired by Liandra’s connections with community, culture, and country. Furthermore, Liandra Swim is an eco-conscious brand. Their fabrics are made from regenerated plastics and recycled elastane.
About Paspalis Innovation Investment Fund
Paspalis is one of Australia’s leading private investment firms. Their business aligns its interests with those of their investors and partners for lasting impact in Australia’s North.
Paspalis invests in both Australian and Offshore high growth companies looking to grow their businesses in the Northern Territory. When Paspalis invest, they are able to leverage their reputation, knowledge, programs and network, providing meaningful positive value to their investees.