A Brief Look At The Long History Of First Nations Fashion Design In Australia

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The ABC’s series The Way We Wore takes a look at stories of Australian fashion design and style.

First Nations people participated in the series and spoke about various periods and tales, looking at forced clothing policies during the Stolen Generation period, the contribution of Flinders Ranges/Adnyamathanha knowledge to the creation of the RM Williams iconic boot, and the emergence of First Nations fashion design from the 1970s and at Parisian fashion shows in the 1980s.

Yet, left out from the show was the rich backstory of our First Nations fashion design industry.

Prior to Parisian fashion shows, First Nations people showcased handmade clothing and accessories at 1800s international and national exhibitions, often as

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Katy Perry loses trademark battle with Aussie fashion designer Katie Taylor

Katy Perry – born Katheryn Hudson – was sued for trademark infringement by Australian fashion designer Katie Taylor. Photo / AP

Katy Perry has lost a trademark battle over her name.

The pop star – who was born Katheryn Hudson – was sued for trademark infringement by Australian fashion designer Katie Taylor – who runs a clothing brand using her birth name of Katie Perry – and a judge Downunder ruled against the singer by confirming the Roar star had breached Katie’s trademark several times.

In her ruling, Justice Brigitte Markovic wrote: “This is a tale of two women, two teenage dreams and one name.”

The Katie Perry brand was set up in 2006 before being trademarked, and the designer claimed merchandise sold during the singer’s subsequent Australian tours was in breach.


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The judge found several infringements to have taken place in the singer’s social media

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