Bruce Munro: Tropical Light Volunteer Uniforms made by Locals, for Locals

In an exciting local collaboration, Darwin’s Paul Arnold, Matilda Alegria and Lulu & Daw have revealed their ‘wearable art’ uniforms for volunteers as part of Bruce Munro’s world-class Tropical Light exhibition today.

The iconic designs combine style and practicality to create unique Tropical Summer-inspired pieces and are designed to be comfortable and functional for volunteers to wear and work in during the Darwin Build-Up and Wet Season.

Two garments have been designed by Matilda Alegria in consultation with Lulu & Daw; a unisex linen button-up shirt and a women’s kaftan-style top made from a cotton crepe fabric.

All patterns and samples are made in Darwin, from fabric printed with an exclusive design by Paul Arnold called ‘Radiant’, inspired by the floodplains and river systems of the Top End.

Abstract Aerial Artist and Gallery Owner Paul Arnold said the original image was captured near Kakadu National Park about 2km above ground.

“We chose this image because it really reflects the colours of the Wet Season and the light rays across the floodplains that surround the river systems of the Top End,” he said.

Fashion Designer Matilda Alegria said it was great to collaborate with Paul Arnold and Lulu & Daw.

All of us got together for a chat, looking at which of Paul’s prints we’d use to encapsulate the Tropical Summer,” she said.

“For the design we thought about the Darwin climate, the Build-Up and the Wet Season specifically, and what would work for men and women in terms of comfort and style.”

Lulu and Daw Co-Founder Emily Hardy, who, along with other Co-Founder Susan Forrest, was involved in the consultancy process for choosing the fabrics and assisted in the design creation.

“Our expertise lay in what fabrics work for the climate in Darwin with a focus on natural fibres,” Ms Hardy said.

“We’ve built up a good knowledge over the last four or five years of what works, as well as keeping what’s stylish and practical in mind.”

A raincoat will also be created as part of the uniform featuring the ‘Radiant’ print on the cuffs, pockets, hood and button stand.

Each volunteer taking part in the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition will receive one of the limited edition garments to wear throughout the exhibition and to keep as a souvenir.

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are still available for the exhibition, with all money raised going to CanTeen to support Territory families dealing with cancer.

To find out more information or to volunteer for the Tropical Light 200 Club, visit www.tropicallight.com.au