The Showroom presents fashion labels from some of our leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers and entrepreneurs.
Each of these labels are creating and selling collections which are available to the public and also to wholesale buyers.
By Amanda Healy
The Wonnarua designer built Kirrikin on an ethos of joy, pride, connection and community. Kirrikin is both a resort wear brand and a social enterprise, encapsulating the essence of summer through beautiful artworks by Aboriginal artists from throughout Australia.
Native Swimwear Australia
By Natalie Cunningham
A proud Biripi and Ngarabal woman, the multi award winning designer Natalie Cunningham is sharing dreamtime stories with the world through fashion, working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists throughout her collections. The first Aboriginal designer to showcase at NYFW, Native Swimwear is leading the way in sustainability and fair trade, and has launched the latest range, Native Fit, exclusively through the IFP showcase.
Image | Mina Mina print by Judy Napangardi Watson, Native Swimwear Australia, Photo by Peter Trainer.
By Denni Francisco
Ngali collections evolve through the lens of Yindayamarra – fashion that shows respect, is polite, considered, gentle to Country and shows honour to the cross Country collaborations they enjoy with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives.
Image | Prints translated from the artwork of Lindsay Malay from the Warmun Art Centre, Ngali, Photo by Jacinta Keefe.
By Liandra Gaykamangu
Fusing sun, surf and culture. Yolngu designer Liandra Gaykamangu, from North-East Arnhem Land, creates signature prints inspired by her culture and Indigenous women. Each piece tells a unique story, combining 21st century fashion, with the Aboriginal pastime of storytelling and an ethical and eco-conscious footprint.
Image | Interwoven, Liandra Swim, Model Shakira Cooper, Photo by Leicolhn McKellar.
By Nancy Pattison
Indii Swimwear designer Nancy Pattison is a saltwater Dunghutti woman, who draws from the ocean and coastal landscapes of her Country. Each piece builds on a story, created for a collective of unique saltwater women who love the sea, sun & sand.
Image | courtesy of Indii Swimwear
By Julie Shaw
Named to acknowledge and honour the ‘many hands’ involved in the creative and collaborative processes, Yuwaalaraay Creative Director Julie Shaw works closely with Indigenous artists and creatives, drawing inspiration from Country to present within the context of contemporary fashion.
Image | MAARA Collective, photo by Jesse-Leigh Elford
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