2 August, 2022
Photo by James Giles.
The annual showcase of First Nations textiles and fashion design.
Supported by the Northern Territory Government 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.
Split into TWO incredible runway shows:
- Injalak Arts with Lily Durland with contribution by Ally Beahan and Sister Buffalo
- Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts in collaboration with Aly de Groot
- Juluwarlu Art Group
- House of Darwin by Shaun Edwards in collaboration with Luna Tunes
- Yarrenyty Arltere Artists
- Hopevale Arts & Culture in collaboration with QUT
- Ngali by Denni Francisco in collaboration with Lindsay Malay from Warmun Art
- KAMARA in collaboration with Matakupaat Arts
- Nagula Jarndu Designs
- Ikuntji Artists in collaboration with Black Cat Couture
- Tiwi Design in collaboration with Ossom
- Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance
- DandalooSu by Su Lousick
- Gantharri by Bobbi Lockyer
- Buluuy Mirrii by Colleen Tighe Johnson
- Linda Puna from Mimili Maku Arts in collaboration with Unreal Fur
WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre
WHEN: Runway 1 – 6:30pm – Tuesday 2 August 2022
Runway 2 – 8:30pm – Tuesday 2 August 2022
For Media Requests please contact:
Georgina Dawson at Bastion Amplify
M: 0412 758 248
Jessica Mauboy, DAAFF Community Ambassador, 2022, photo by Wayne Quilliam, video by Global Headquarters, with thanks to Marrawuddi Arts & Culture
Georgia King in ‘kakaji’ pants and Hayley Mulardy in ‘Magabala’ pants, photo courtesy of Nagula Jarndu
Country to Couture News
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...
Shadeene Evens wears The Boonkaj collection by Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Country to Couture, Styled by Rhys Ripper, 2021, photo by James GilesWearing it Well Over the past six years, DAAFF’s annual Country to Couture event has become a leading national platform to...
Foxxy Empire, Country to Couture, 2021, photo by Charlie Bliss, Getty ImagesCountry to Couture in 2021 In August 2021, the iconic Country to Couture showcase once again returned to Larrakia Country, with an exciting runway featuring 13 First Nations collections....
Country to Couture in 2021!
In 2021, Country to Couture took place at the Darwin Convention Centre on the 4 August, drawing together a record crowd on Larrakia Country to see 13 First Nations collections!
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.