Australian plus size clothing brand Taking Shape has announced its collaborative partnership with Indigenous fashion artist Elverina Johnson.
Johnson's prints will appear on the brand's pieces from 2022, bringing her work to a national audience of customers.
Recently Johnson's designs were featured in the First Nations Fashion Design Show ‘Walking in Two Worlds’ at the 2021 Brisbane Festival.
She has also been commissioned by a Miss World Contestant, featured on a Melbourne Vixen’s Netball player shoes and she’s even performed with the Wiggles.
Additionally, her designs have been modelled by Australian supermodel and 2019 Australian Model of the Year Charley Fraser for First Nations Fashion Design.
Taking Shape's collaboration collection with Johnson will showcase female empowerment, a cause close to both Taking Shape and Johnson's heart, Taking Shape MD Alla Buinowicz said.
"At Taking Shape, we live and breathe female empowerment.
"We have always aimed to make every woman feel fabulous no matter her shape, size, background or experience of life.
"We are thrilled to be working with Elverina on our journey to ever-increasing diversity and inclusion, and our important path to reconciliation with Indigenous communities.
"We are proud to be embracing Aboriginal culture in the form of Elverina’s wonderful prints that we are excited to showcase in our products in early 2022," she said.
Johnson's prints will showcase her rich culture and connection to country, sharing her First Nation history and stories through her art.
The collaboration will feature on select pieces that will signify the celebration of all women.
According to Taking Shape, this is just the beginning of the partnership, with more to be announced in the coming months.
Johnson is a highly respected Gurugulu and Indinji Gimuy woman from Yarrabah in Far North Queensland, and is one of Australia's most recognisable and accomplished artists, taking out the National NAIDOC Artist of the Year award in 2017.
L to R: Gillyba Ambrum, Elverina Johnson, Benita Williams and Lisa Fatnowna at First Nation Fashion Design.
Photography: Roger Dat