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Multicultural Arts Victoria presents


A piece of Jakarta spices up Melbourne Fashion!

2 fashion shows
Friday 6 December
12.30-1.15pm and 5.30-6.15pm
Forecourt, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Fame Agenda: Pic courtesy of the artist

Media Release

On Friday 6 December as part of the four day showcase of independent contemporary Asian arts, Mapping Melbourne, the Forecourt of the State Library of Victoria will be transformed into an extravaganza of fashion, music and live street art by internationally renowned street artist Darbotz and Melbourne's fashion label Fame Agenda.

Darbotz is fast becoming one of the Asia Pacific's most prolific street artists and after making his mark on Melbourne back in April, he is returning to once again join forces with fashion label Fame Agenda (www.fameagenda.com and thedarbotz.com )


Fame Agenda X Darbotz collection

This unlikely partnership was born from Fame Agenda's fashion-as-art philosophy and they first worked together to present a fashion show at the 2013 Victorian Government's Super Trade Mission to Southeast Asia.

The collaboration resulted in an eclectic new capsule collection that was so successful it is now expanding onto the steps of one of the city's cultural icons.

The Fame Agenda Darbotz collection features prints developed from photo images of Darbotz's actual graffiti art left on Melbourne's walls during his last visit.

Playing with the monster theme, the elements of the collection include monster scales and teeth in various 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional forms.

Based in Jakarta, a complicated, hectic city drowning in colours and chaos, Darbotz tries to rescue the dirty streets of Jakarta by transforming walls with captivating images of his squid monster and hybrid squid King Kong monster.

Always smiling, but also angry, his character adds a new flavour to the spicy designs of Fame Agenda.

Developed by Monica Lim, Fame Agenda starts from the point of fashion being an accessible and wearable form of contemporary art.

The label is known for developing its own unique, quirky prints which are often challenging.

A former Taxation Consultant at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Monica left law for fashion and started her own handbag label which grew into a women's fashion label which was recently recognised as one of Melbourne's top ten fashion secrets.

Working from a store and design studio in Flinders Lane, historically the centre of the rag trade in Melbourne, Fame Agenda is also stocked in Galeries Lafayette, Metro and Centro department stores in Indonesia.

Check out Darbotz video on his visit to Melbourne

In the Press

Jakartan urban artist Darbotz: Taking street art to high fashion in Melbourne (ABC Video & Radio Australia)

Jakartan urban artist Darbotz: Taking street art to high fashion in Melbourne (ABC Video &l Radio Australia) more.

Mapping Melbourne festival showcases talented Asian artists (The Age)

Mapping Melbourne festival showcases talented Asian artists, writes Dewi Cooke from The Age...more.

Media queries: Jess Fairfax, projects@multiculturalarts.com.au, (03) 9188 3681, 0450 348 969.

Mapping Melbourne brings together an explosive program of events across the CBD celebrating our unique Asian Australian identity and international creative connections. 5-8 December 2013. Check out the program.


Darbotz(photograph by Rendha Rais)

FAME AGENDA X DARBOTZ is produced and presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria

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