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Rebecca Arnold, Ahmi Narkle and Theresa Goddard. Picture: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

When the curtains close on this year's Perth Fashion Festival, a star may be in the making.

For the festival's closing night soiree, Giving Back is the New Black, 18-year-old Ahmi Narkle has been chosen to model a dress made by WA designer Jaime Lee for New Zealand pop sensation Kimbra.


The event will be the first major runway show for the blonde Aboriginal teenager, who was chosen by event producer Jacqui Brown because her height was similar to Kimbra's.

"All Jaime Lee's designs are really crazy and different and there's just something about them that you can't look away," Ms Brown said.

"When I saw Ahmi it was the exact same thing.

"I think in that sense it was a perfect match because Ahmi's personality and unique look really suits Jaime's aesthetic."

Narkle said she was looking forward to the modelling but had some jitters because of her inexperience.

The event will see 16 of WA's best designers send out their version of the black dress at Government House ballroom to raise money for women's charity Ready to Work which helps disadvantaged women re-enter the workforce.

Along with Narkle, Scene models Rebecca Arnold, in Ellery, and Theresa Goddard, in One Fell Swoop, took a tour through the ballroom before the show tonight.

The West Australian

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