30 May 2017
Sunshine Coast fashion designer Natalie Cunningham is using her skills and training to help beachgoers step out onto the sand in style each summer.
As the first ever Indigenous Australian to showcase at New York Fashion Week, Natalie is renowned throughout the world for her flair with authentic and flamboyant Indigenous Australian prints, quality textiles and vibrant colours.
“My Aboriginal heritage is what inspires my designs, using Indigenous paintings on my designs so that their dreamtime stories are told far and wide,” Natalie said.
“We have a beautiful and unique culture and I see it as my calling to share it with the world through the best way I know how,” she said.
Natalie is proud to not only pay homage to her Aboriginal family, but also create beautifully shaped swimwear for women and mothers—ensuring they feel confident and comfortable while at the beach and in the water.
“I was a young mum at 21, and now with four children I use my training to design swimwear for real women with support for their stomachs and breasts,” Natalie said.
“I began my journey at TAFE Queensland enrolling in the Diploma of Clothing, Textiles and Footwear. Now 10 years on, I have made shapewear in swimwear sexy!” she said.
Natalie came back to TAFE Queensland in 2016 to take on a Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology to further her skills and grow her label throughout Australia, and the world. She’s now using her training to fulfill her dreams and tell her indigenous story.
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