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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. 

For Media Requests please contact:

Georgina Dawson at Bastion Amplify
M: 0412 758 248
E: georginad@bastionagency.com

Pip Robinson at Bastion Amplify
M: 0428 648 524
E: pipr@bastionagency.com

Country to Couture, Show 2, 2022

Here’s your look at the stunning collections from Show 2 at Country to Couture, 2022! 

Country to Couture, Show 1, 2022

Here’s your look at the stunning collections from Show 1 at Country to Couture, 2022!

Get Involved! 2022 Model and Volunteer Call Out

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...

Meet the Country to Couture 2022 Designers

The annual showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fashion and textile design returns for its 7th iteration on the 2 August, alongside the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and National Indigenous Fashion Awards on Larrakia Country.

Be Part of Country to Couture 2022

Expressions of Interest are NOW OPEN! Apply to be part of the iconic Country to Couture fashion showcase…

IFP Yarns | Julie Shaw, MAARA Collective

Headed up by Yuwaalaraay creative director Julie Shaw, Maara Collective’s luxurious resort wear is informed by a deep connection to community. Julie’s brand honours collaboration in the creative processes, with “maara” translating to “hands” in the Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay language groups.
It’s been a stellar couple of years for Julie and her label, and she’s been written into pretty much every chapter of the IFP story so far!

Wearing it Well

Over the past six years, DAAFF’s annual Country to Couture event has become a leading national platform to celebrate and support First Nations textile design and fashion… 

A peek at the 2021 Country to Couture show!

In August 2021, the iconic Country to Couture showcase once again returned to Larrakia Country, with an exciting runway featuring 13 First Nations collections. The night saw a record number of attendees and many memorable moments unfold at the Darwin Convention Centre…

Meet the Country to Couture 2021 Designers

We’re thrilled to introduce you to the amazing line-up for Country to Couture 2021 in Darwin! The annual showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fashion and textile design is back in its 6th iteration on the 4 August, alongside the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair on Larrakia Country…

Be Part of Country to Couture 2021

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 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 6th Country to Couture is set to return to Darwin on Larrakia country on the evening of Wednesday 4th, this August 2021.

Take a peek at the Country to Couture showcase in 2021!

The 2021 Designer & Artist Lineup Included:

Anindilyakwa Arts with artist Anna Reynolds

Deadly Denim

Dunjiba Fashions, from Dunjiba Community Artists supported by Ku Arts

Jaru Girl Designs, by Bianca Long 

Jina-Jina, by Yinjaa-Barni Art

Marrawuddi Art Centre and Injalak Art Centre collaboration with North Home Textiles

Moydra Designs

Ngali, by Denni Francisco with prints adapted from the work of Lindsay Malay

Numus Design

Papulankutja Artists collaboration with Black Cat Couture

Tiwi Design collaboration with Ossom

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts

With featured accessories from artists of Numbulwar Numburindi Arts.

Find out more about the collections here >>

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!

Supported by

Country to Couture News

Meet the Country to Couture 2022 Designers

Meet the Country to Couture 2022 Designers

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...

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Be Part of Country to Couture 2022

Be Part of Country to Couture 2022

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...

read more
IFP Yarns | Julie Shaw, MAARA Collective

IFP Yarns | Julie Shaw, MAARA Collective

Headed up by Yuwaalaraay creative director Julie Shaw, Maara Collective’s luxurious resort wear is informed by a deep connection to community.  Julie’s brand honours collaboration in the creative processes, with “maara” translating to “hands” in the Yuwaalaraay and...

read more

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.