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.
The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) Foundation’s Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) is excited to invite you to be part of the renowned Country to Couture fashion showcase! Held alongside DAAF each year since 2016, the 9th Country to Couture is set to return to...
Image | (left to right) Cindy Rostron, Cinella Rostron, and Kiani Thompson,wear design Young Daluk & Jemimah, from Babbarra Women's Centre, Photo by Alana HolmbergCountry to Couture returns to Larrakia Country with a record 22 collections across TWO different...
The culturally rich world of First Nations fashion offers a unique opportunity for all Australians to celebrate Indigenous creativity, culture, and craftsmanship. By supporting First Nations fashion, we can foster cultural exchange and economic empowerment to build a...