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CIAF VIP Fashion Showcase Experience


Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

This two-hour VIP Fashion Showcase Experience is being offered exclusively for small groups, for the first time in CIAF's history, and offers a unique and inspiring immersion into Queensland's Indigenous wearable art and fashion and textiles industry.

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is Australia's premier Indigenous art fair. Key among their annual series of events is the always highly-anticipated CIAF Fashion Performance! This years is titled - We Are Masters of Country.

Inspired by this year’s CIAF theme, Masters of Country, designers showcase their talent by exploring concepts of belonging, of Country, preservation and changes to landscape, as well applying their time-honoured techniques utilising natural fibres, dyes and other elements.


Insights into your experience

Experience Highlights

  • Exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience in heritage-listed Tanks Art Centre
  • A sneak-peek and exclusive access to the Fashion Performance dress rehearsal
  • Meet-and-greet with fashion designers, models and CIAF Fashion Mentor and model Benita Williams
  • Acknowledgement of Country
  • Welcome drink
  • Learn about First Nation's fashion and design

Be the first to see the stunning CIAF Fashion Performance at this exclusive sneak-peek during the showcase dress rehearsal as you go behind the scenes of Queensland's First Nations fashion scene.

Learn more about the designers, models and creatives that set the stage for CIAF's 2022 Fashion Performance and have the opportunity to meet some of the remarkable creative talent in the First Nations fashion industry.

Your exclusive experience commences with an Acknowledgement of Country followed by canapes and a welcome drink, along with a meet-and-greet by your VIP tour guide who will share the history and evolution of CIAF and its Fashion Showcase ahead of the ticketed performance the following evening.

This 2 hour experience is being offered exclusively for the first time in CIAF's history and offers a unique and inspiring immersion into Queensland's Indigenous fashion, creativity and culture.

Benita Williams

Benita Williams is an Indigenous model based in Port Douglas, Queensland. A proud Kuku Yalanji woman, Benita was approached by a model management agency in 2012 while she was shopping for jewellery in a local shopping centre. After overcoming her shyness and nerves, Benita has gone on to appear in a range of amazing fashion events including the Australian Indigenous Fashion Week, the launch of Indigenous fashion label MAINIE, the Miss Universe Australia - QLD State Finals and many CIAF fashion performances. Benita is now a freelance model and loves working with local talent, collaboratively bringing communities together to create and display their art and talents whether it be visual art, dance, fashion and singing. Most of all, Benita has a passion for showcasing Indigenous arts and culture.


Aboriginal guide

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Things to know

This exclusive CIAF VIP Fashion Showcase Experience is available for one night only during the dress rehearsal for the performance.

The experience runs for 2 hours.

Maximum of 20 people per experience.

Experience date:

  • Thursday 7 July 2022, 2:00pm - 4: 00pm

Optional extra: Add a ticket to the Fashion Showcase performance on Friday 8 July.

Meeting point

Tank 3 at Tanks Arts Centre. 46 Collins Ave, Edge Hill QLD 4870


Tank 3 at Tanks Arts Centre. 46 Collins Ave, Edge Hill QLD 4870

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