Jakartan urban artist Darbotz: Taking street art to high fashion in Melbourne

Jakartan urban artist Darbotz: Taking street art to high fashion in Melbourne

Jakartan urban artist Darbotz: Taking street art to high fashion in Melbourne

Updated 20 January 2014, 10:46 AEDT

Indonesia's answer to Banksy - the renowned Jakartan street artist Darbotz - teams up with Melbourne fashion label Fame Agenda, to create a unique and distinctly cross-cultural range of clothing for a show-case event for Multicultural Arts Victoria's "Mapping Melbourne" series. 

The work of noted Indonesian street artist - Darbotz - is a familiar sight all over Jakarta. But now he's traded streetscapes for high fashion in Australia, teaming up with Melbourne-based designer Monica Lim and her label Fame Agenda.

In a first for the artist and the designer, Monica Lim says the unique cross-cultural hybrid of street-art fashion is like a "giant roll of fabric" linking Indonesia to Australia. For Darbotz, the creative collaboration is a great way to bring the two countries closer together:

 "It's very significant" says Darbotz of the partnership, "we live close by, Indonesia and Australia, so this is a good thing to share the culture."

The pair showed off their debut clothes range in a fashion parade in the heart of Melbourne's CBD - right outside the State Library of Victoria - as one of the showcase events for Multicultural Arts Victoria's "Mapping Melbourne" series.

Dina Indrasafitri went along to have a look.

Speaker: Dina Indrasafitri

Producer: Tracee Hutchison