Photo by James Giles.
The annual showcase of First Nations textiles and fashion design.
Supported by the Northern Territory Government via NT Major Events and iconic Australian lifestyle brand Country Road, Country to Couture 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.
This year in 2021, Country to Couture took place at the Darwin Convention Centre on the 4 August.
Stay tuned for exciting announcements to come later in the year.
Take a peek at the Country to Couture showcase in 2021!
The 2021 Designer & Artist Lineup Included:
Dunjiba Fashions, from Dunjiba Community Artists supported by Ku Arts
Jaru Girl Designs, by Bianca Long
Jina-Jina, by Yinjaa-Barni Art
Ngali, by Denni Francisco with prints adapted from the work of Lindsay Malay
Papulankutja Artists collaboration with Black Cat Couture
Tiwi Design collaboration with Ossom
With featured accessories from artists of Numbulwar Numburindi Arts.
Big Thank You to:
The Northern Territory Government via NT Major Events Company, and to Country Road
Aunty Lynette Fejo with Garramilla Dancers for the beautiful Welcome to Larrakia Country
Our show stopping First Nations Drag Queens: Foxxy Empire, Shaniqua Empire, and Sherri Lee Volua Empire
Creative Director Perina Drummond
Head Stylist Rhys Ripper
Head Stylist Assistant Nina Fitzgerald
Event Coordinator Katena Valastro
Our beautiful models including the renowned Tiwi Sistergirls
Hair & Makeup by Kat Lee and NK Darwin makeup & hair styling
Model Casting Assistant Ashton Carbone
Music by Brotha J
Set Design and Construction by Fusion Exhibitions, Magnolia Flower Merchants, Sam Tripcony and Perfect Greens
Production Team Global Headquarters
Audio Visual by Dreamedia Events Production Services
The crew at Darwin Festival and the Darwin Convention Centre
Our amazing team and volunteers behind the scenes!
Country to Couture News
Our favourite time of year is just around the corner, and we're calling out to our community to once again be part of our August events! We have two ways to get involved - with a Model call out for the iconic Country to Couture runway, and a Volunteer call out to...
Country to Couture is back, and bigger than ever! We are thrilled to introduce the amazing line-up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers and artists who'll be part of the SOLD OUT shows! The annual showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fashion...
Expressions of Interest are NOW OPEN! The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) Foundation’s Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) are thrilled to invite you to apply to be part of the iconic Country to Couture fashion showcase! Held alongside DAAF each year since 2016, the...
Country to Couture in 2020
Country to Couture returned in 2020 and made its way into 2021 with a national broadcast through NITV on Facebook!
Ending the year in style, the annual fashion event took place once again on Larrakia country, with an intimate showcase in Darwin in December 2020. Celebrating and sharing the stories of the incredible First Nations designers and artists involved through the digital broadcast in 2021, the showcase also made its debut in Melbourne with an exclusive screening.