What we do
IFP supports Indigenous Australians working in textiles and fashion with a range of development programs, resources, mentoring opportunities and promotional events.
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.
Our activities support artists, designers, models, photographers as well as those that are involved behind the scenes in textiles and fashion.
We support all, whether associated with an Art Centre or working independently.
Please explore some of our activities below.
National Indigenous Fashion Awards
The National Indigenous Fashion Awards (The NIFA), launched in 2020 and supported by the Northern Territory Government, 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 the Northern Territory Government and leading Australian lifestyle brand Country Road, showcases collections from artists and designers from communities and individuals from all over this land. The event celebrates the marriage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art and high-end fashion.
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.
BEST PRACTICE PROJECT
The purpose of this project is to gain a more detailed understanding of how Indigenous artists and designers work in and with the textile and fashion industry and to develop a toolkit of resources to promote and facilitate best practice for all.
IFP LEARNING CENTRE
Coming soon, the IFP Learning Centre is a place for finding useful information, making connections, yarning and sharing. Its purpose is to help you grow in your understanding of how to go about your textile and fashion practice and business.
The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair was established in 2007 to sell artists’ work direct to collectors, galleries and art lovers. It showcases the contemporary fine art of more than 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres from across this diverse and culturally rich country. The Fair is held on Larrakia Country in Darwin and online.
IFP Safeguards First Nations Interests with Guide to Best Practice
Artist Mary Dhapalany bundling the pandanus, visit to Bula'Bula Arts, Ramingining in Central Arnhem Land, 2022A collaboration model to support commercial partnerships in the Australian fashion industry. As First Nations textile and fashion explodes in popularity, the...
As seen in marie claire!
This August, Indigenous Fashion Projects joined forces with marie claire Australia to celebrate some of this year’s talented line up of NIFA winners, with a special shoot under the Top End sun on Larrakia Country. The vision came to life with First Nations...
Country to Couture, Show 2, 2022
Here's your look at the stunning collections from Show 2 at Country to Couture, 2022! The annual showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fashion and textile design returned for its 7th iteration on the 2 August, alongside the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and...