Thomas Puttick’s Australian Runway Show Featured ‘Empowered’ Women

Australian designer Thomas Puttick earned high marks for his powerful fashion show at Fashion Week Australia on Monday, which featured one of the most diverse catwalks yet. 

The young designer featured women who aren’t professional models in his resort 2018 collection, including Aminata Conteh-Biger, a refugee from Sierra Leone, and Anne Aly, Australia’s first female Muslim MP (member of parliament). The show also featured other non-models ― like a musician, an activist and a graphic designer ― alongside woman of many different ages and sizes. 

“The new series is a way for us to present empowered women who have a strong message, and who carry themselves,” Puttick told News AU. They all rocked the runway: 

According to The Australian, all of the women who participated in the show donated their “walk” fees to an anti-domestic violence organization called White Ribbon

“I think it’s really important to support young talent and the support that he has for White Ribbon,” Aly told the outlet. “That’s why I’m doing it. Plus I love his clothes. You can’t say no.” 

The Australian MP added, “Too often fashion seems out of the grasp of a lot of people in everyday life. The message sent is that Thomas’ look is accessible to everyone.” 

“It’s great to wear clothes for women over 50 and remind people we’re not dead yet,” said Yvonne Tozzi, a 60-year-old stylist. 

More of this on the catwalk, please!

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