About | Indigenous Fashion Projects

Welcome to Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP), brought to you by the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF), home of the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA), Country to Couture runway, and Pathways Program.

The purpose of Indigenous Fashion Projects is the organised support of the development of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textile and fashion practice and enterprise.

With a focus on the following:

  • Cultural expression, advancement & protection 
  • Sustainable practice: environmental, social and financial
  • Community engagement
  • Collaboration
  • Developing stronger businesses
  • Good governance

With three highlight events in 2021:

  • Indigenous Fashion Projects Showcase at the 25th Afterpay Australian Fashion Week.
  • Country to Couture: A celebration of Indigenous textile and fashion collaborations, held annually in Darwin in August.
  • National Indigenous Fashion Awards: An annual ceremony recognising and celebrating Indigenous textile and fashion from across Australia.

National Indigenous Fashion Awards

The National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFAs), launched in 2020, provide a vibrant and exciting platform to celebrate creativity, innovation, diversity and ethical practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and fashion designers, whilst contributing to the capacity building of the sector.

Country to Couture

The annual Country to Couture runway event, proudly supported by leading Australian lifestyle brand Country Road, celebrates the marriage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art and high-end fashion. 

The success of the textile design movement in remote Indigenous communities has led to innovative fashion collections and exciting collaborations with well known Australian designers, which have been showcased in the Country to Couture event alongside the annual Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) since 2016.

Pathways Program

IFP have partnered with iconic Australian retailer David Jones for the ‘Pathways Program’ for Australian Indigenous fashion designers. Providing support across all stages of the development of a fashion label through a series of workshops and mentorship, the Pathways Program creates an opportunity to nurture the growth of Indigenous businesses.

Photo: Georges Antoni for marie claire