Cassie’s fabulous fashion | Gippsland times

Cassie Leatham styled by Jamella Sim and Tayla Knight. Photo: Stefan Bradley

Stephen Bradley

Cassie Leatham is a multidisciplinary Taungurung and Dja Dja Wurrung artist.

With a 35-year career in art and creative practice, where does Ms. Leatham begin?

Master weaver, ceramic sculptor, jewelery designer, fashion designer, cultural educator, businesswoman, community ambulance officer, author, illustrator, founder of two Aboriginal owned and operated businesses wildblakarts and Yanggurdi.

That Gippsland times caught up with Ms Leatham at Pure Envy and Co hair salon in Maffra last month as she had her hair done ahead of her debut fashion collection being launched on the First Nations catwalk at the Melbourne Fashion Festival on March 11.

The First Nations runway (presented as Runway 5) demonstrated excellence in fashion design within First Nations communities.

“Yanggurdi is my collection so it’s really important to me that this fashion collection is featured on Runway Five tonight because it’s wearable art,” said Ms. Leatham.

“I have a very, very strong connection to country and belonging. And I want to share my stories through my creative art and practice.”

Showing something you have created in Melbourne is prestigious, but Ms Leatham wants to make sure her local community is supported too.

“I grew up in the country of Gunaikurnai and was born in the country of Gunaikurnai and reside here in the country of Gunaikurnai,” Ms. Leatham said.

“I was born in Sale and raised in Stratford. I went to Maffra schools. And now I live in Boisdale.

“I’m being styled today by these beautiful girls here at Pure Envy and Co, and my daughter Ryley is a freshman here.”

Pure Envy and Co co-owners Jamella Sim and Tayla Knight said they were thrilled that Ms Leatham asked them to style them.

“Thanks to Cassie Leatham for keeping it local and for keeping us involved and it’s a big deal for us and her. It’s really nice for them to get local businesses involved,” said Ms. Sim.

“I’m excited to be a part of Cassie’s journey. She stays true to herself. She’s very humble,” said Ms. Knight.

“And her daughter Ryley is our apprentice and she’s a natural, she’s really good with our customers.”

Speaking of Gippsland times After the event, which was opened by singer-songwriter Maanyung, Ms. Leatham said she had an amazing experience.

“Maanyung was a head turner wearing my signature printed fabric, which I used to cover a surfboard, as my collection is about relaxed, everyday art that tells my personal journey of my weaving,” said Ms. Leatham.

Cassie Leatham (left) with Eventurers photographer Ian Fellowes. Photo: Stefan Bradley

Cassie Leatham with Jamella Sim and Tayla Knight of Pure Envy and Co at Maffra.
Photo: Stefan Bradley

Yanggurdi collection presented in Melbourne. Photo: lucasdawsonphotography

Yanggurdi collection presented in Melbourne. Photo: lucasdawsonphotography

Yanggurdi collection presented in Melbourne. Photo: lucasdawsonphotography

Yanggurdi collection presented in Melbourne. Photo: lucasdawsonphotography

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