St Frock's Guide to an All-Inclusive (& Entertaining) Harmony Week!
Check out St Frock's top 5 picks of influential Aussies making waves through music, film, TV & fashion!
Maybe it occurred to you, maybe it didn't, Harmony Day is upon us and for what is normally only recognised on one day per calendar year, is now being celebrated FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK!
Harmony Week is important in celebrating Australian multiculturalism as an integral part of our national identity, enriching this great land of Tim Tams and Vegemite on toast and this year marks it's 20th anniversary! It is a week of inclusiveness, respect, remembrance, understanding and belonging for all Australians united, regardless of cultural and linguistic background. Not only does it mean we get to consume multiple oozing-chocolate-filled-french-desserts and it be deemed totally acceptable in the office, it also means we get to celebrate the people that make up this beautiful land and what it means to be one of the most multicultural countries in the world.
This week means a lot to us here at St Frock as we celebrate diversity within our community of employees that hail from all corners of the globe. They’re at the heart of who we are so head to our instagram page and check out some fun stories about a few of our fabulous faces.
Now, in light of cool Aussies everywhere, St Frock also is sharing a week’s worth of talented and all-inclusive stories that we’re loving this Harmony Week. From music to film, TV and fashion - check out who we’re celebrating below!
Known as “Australia’s first Muslim rom-com”, Ali’s Wedding, directed by Jeffrey Walker, is a charming, tongue-in-cheek look at identity, cultural traditions and the complexity of diverse family dynamics within Australia.
The film takes us through the struggles of Ali (Osaah Sami), son of a Muslim cleric who hopes to become a doctor to please his parents. After failing to get the score he needs, Ali lies to his family and starts attending class anyway. This is where he meets the love of his life, Dianne (Helena Sawires) but their love is forbidden as he’s already promised to another woman from his fathers’ mosque. And I thought I had it bad? The story unfolds as Ali struggles between accepting his own happiness and finding his families acceptance.
Ali’s Wedding is a beautifully crafted comedy, with a sharp cast, standout cinematography and a soundtrack to boot - a pleasure to watch as it showcases a true sense of community and diversity that Australia embodies. After all, what’s a good rom-com without a touch of family drama and parental disappointment in the protagonist’s life choices? Sounds like a regular Tuesday to me!
Songbird, Dami Im is a true representation of the beauty of multicultural Australia. Born in Seoul, South Korea, to an Opera singer mother, it’s no surprise that this Korean-Born Australian singer/songwriter was destined for stardom. Im migrated to Australia at age nine with her parents believing that the opportunity to live in this fine land would be second to none. From winning Australian X Factor in 2013 with an audition of the one and only tearjerker, Mariah Carey’s “Hero”, to placing second at Eurovision in 2016, Im has released her fifth studio album, I Hear A Song, in 2018 and this week is playing on rotation at St Frock!
A truly breathtaking extension of her talent, I Hear A Song is a compilation of 12 covers and 2 original tracks that celebrate powerful women in the music industry. Im revisits classics with a raw sensibility and magical touch, featuring bangers from across the ages. The album begins with the effortlessly jazzy number made popular by Nina Simone, “Feeling Good”, the album moves into Beyonce’s R&B classic, “Love on Top” and concludes with a gorgeous rendition of a wonderful classic, “Round Midnight”. We’re loving this album and we know you will too.
The national treasure that is Deborah Mailman, has been illuminating our screens since 1998 where she became the first aboriginal Actress to win the AFI Award for Best Actress in a Leading role for her portrayal of Nona in the film, Radiance. Since then Mailman has woo'd audiences with her incredible talent in films like Rabbit Proof Fence (2002), Bran Nue Dae (2009) and delivered magnificent performances in hit TV shows such as The Secret Life of US (2001-205) and primetime classic, Offspring! Growing up in Mount Isa in North-West Queensland, Mailman has both Indigenous Australian and Maori heritage and uses her platform and talent to educate the people of Australia about it's rich history and embodies everything good that is happening in cinema and TV in this country!
Mailmain says, "As indigenous and non-indigenous people, we have a shared history and a shared experience of this country" and at St Frock, we believe that sentiment completely. That's why we're digging into our archives and taking a look at her best performances this Harmony week, all the while feeling proud that this home-grown Aussie is making waves in the entertainment world - here and abroad! You go Deb!
As a fashion brand that empowers and encourages talented and creative women, St Frock is very excited to talk about this next young fashion designer changing the face of fashion in Australia.
Meet Lyn-Al Young, a twenty-three year old Indigenous fashion designer living in Melbourne. Her brand creates beautiful one-off, bespoke silk pieces enriched with elements of her four ancestral lands that celebrate her culture, identity and womanhood overall. Young embodies the spirit of her peoples through her name and brand which acts as a reminder of the importance of connecting with and honouring her heritage. Young was born in Adelaide and moved to Melbourne as a child to parents who are artists themselves, so she has has been surrounded by design and creativity her entire life. Designing at the ripe old age of eight years old, Young incorporated fabric and beading into her work and later sold her wares at Aboriginal markets.
In July 2018, Young was announced as David Jones Emerging Designer and soon after worked with them to develop an exclusive collection for NAIDOC week to acknowledge, celebrate and bring honour to women elders and ancestors who have carried cultural knowledge, history, connection and community. For Young, fashion is an art form and we can’t wait to continue seeing her emerge as a true artist in her own right.
Check out Young’s site to learn more about her beautiful designs.
Manu needs no introduction. Heck! He hardly needs a last name! So move over Beyoncé, Manu Feildel aka French born chef; Australian national treasure; heartbreaker of women everywhere; and style icon is making our little homes a whole lot more delicious!
Made famous as the very fair and even more fabulous host of My Kitchen Rules, (obviously known as the best Australian food-fight reality TV show ever made ever), Manu has worked all over the world, celebrating french cuisine all the way from his hometown in Nantes, France to the UK where he worked on his craft. Manu has now called Australia home for 20 years and we couldn’t imagine a world without his buttery French accent beckoning the question “Where’s the sauce?” to us four times a week on MKR, as we lay comfortably on our sofas and pray for the unlikely day he walks through our homes to cook for us in our very own kitchens.
Check out the Harmony Week website for more info on how you can get involved!