Darwin based slow fashion brand OSSOM Australia showcased its Elemental Collection in the Country to Couture Runway Show as part of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. Collaborating with Tiwi Design Art Centre, with the support of Sista Girls and Indigenous Fashion Projects, the label is proud to have celebrated First Nations textiles and talent.
An exciting and fulfilling moment in the evolution of OSSOM Australia, the collection presented featured beautiful silk, cotton, and linen fabrics handprinted by Aboriginal artists from the Tiwi Design Art Centre. A reflection of the artworks at Tiwi, the garments designed for the Elemental Collection are bold, minimalistic with predominantly geometrical lines with free and flowing silhouettes. In line with OSSOM’s values, the capsule collection features garments that can be styled in many ways for versatility and to ensure they are environmentally friendly.
With thoughtful design, the loose silhouette of the garments facilitates the showcasing of artwork screen printed into the premium quality natural fabrics. To complete the looks, a range of accessories was made from fabric leftovers that helps to minimise fabric wastage, a hallmark of OSSOM’s slow fashion approach.
The Elemental Collection was proudly made with permission and under the supervision of the Tiwi Design Art Centre by a non-Indigenous designer. Tiwi Design is one of the oldest and most artistically diverse art centres in Australia and produces ochre paintings on canvas and bark, ironwood carvings, screen printed fabrics, ceramics, bronze, and glass sculptures as well as limited edition prints. Tiwi Design’s aim is to promote, preserve and enrich Tiwi culture. “I am incredibly honoured to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Tiwi Design for my latest collection, the runway was a night of triumph and happiness” says Olga.
Starring in the runway show were four Sista Girls, also talented artists from Tiwi Designs, Nicola, Patricia, Lima, and Buffy. The Sista Girls strutted down the catwalk with confidence, joy, and style. As well as helping to handprint all the textiles, they also created a collection of hand painted sneakers to accent their looks.
Founded by Olga Bryukhovets, OSSOM Australia was created to make stylish, unique, and timeless slow fashion accessible to everyday women. Olga takes inspiration from the beauty, gracefulness, and intelligence of women all around the world. OSSOM’s collections are designed to make women look, and most importantly feel, special and exude confidence. With the preservation of the environment top of mind, OSSOM’s clothing is handmade with natural fibres including linen and is made to order to eliminate over-production. OSSOM is known for bright prints and simple comfortable styles that become the foundation of your wardrobe with each piece beautifully complementing each other and the clothing you already own.