Watch the David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway, presented by Afterpay at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, 2023!
Celebrating the contemporary creations of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures, the David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) Runway returned to Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW), on Gadigal Country, this May 17.
The show concept ‘Future Dreaming’ presented a diverse collective of contemporary Indigenous fashion designers including: Gali, Joseph & James, Ihraa Swim, Kamara Australia, Gammin Threads, Lazy Girl Lingerie, and Miimi & Jiinda.
Audiences were treated to a world first collaborative performance from ARIA Award winner Jessica Mauboy, and spoken word artist Melanie Mununggurr, wearing custom pieces by Lilardia Briggs-Houston.
A big thank you to all who made the night possible and our amazing team behind the scenes including: Shilo McNamee – Creative Director, Cat Rose – Show Producer, Michelle Maynard – IFP Manager, Alira McKenzie-Williams – IFP Project Manager, Mob In Fashion – Mentoring, Rhys Ripper – Head Stylist, Garth Ernstzen – First Assistant Stylist, Jayden Moyle – Director of Photography, James Mangohig – Musical Director, Gary Sinclair – Musical Consultant, Yvonne Weldon – Acknowledgement of Country, Leanne Cherny – Movement Director, Lara Srokowski – Makeup Director, Lancôme – Official Makeup partner for AAFW, Kristy Hodgson – Hair Director, and Redken – Official Hair partner for AAFW.
For more information on our show team, and to meet the designers, please follow the link below!
The IFP Runway is proudly supported by David Jones, Afterpay and IMG Australia, brought to you by Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP), a program from the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) Foundation.
The designers showcasing in this runway are each part of the IFP Pathways Program, supported by David Jones, which see’s business development and cross cultural learnings through a series of industry led workshops and mentorship.
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Designers and models at the Finale of the Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway at AAFW, 2022, Photo by Wayne Quilliam
The Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway, presented by Afterpay and supported by David Jones, returned to Afterpay Australian Fashion Week on the 10 May, 2022. Together on Gadigal Country, from right across Australia, five First Nations women launched their new collections:
- Kirrikin, By Wonnarua designer Amanda Healy
- Liandra Swim, By Yolngu designer Liandra Gaykamangu
- Maara Collective, By Yuwaalaraay designer Julie Shaw
Native Swimwear, By Biripi and Ngarabal designer Natalie Cunningham
Ngali, By Wiradjuri designer Denni Francisco
Each vibrant collection draws on the designer’s deep and personal connection to Country, collectively inviting you on an immersive sensory journey from the desert heart of Australia, along freshwater rivers, through to the sea.
With an exclusive performance from the iconic Jessica Mauboy, and a visual treat from acclaimed First Nations artist Wayne Quilliam and Darwin based production house Global Headquarters, the runway was brought to life with Creative Direction from Eastern Arrernte woman, Shilo McNamee alongside Al Weekes, Head Runway Stylist and Yorta Yorta man Rhys Ripper, and Producer Cat Rose.
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Designers and models at the Finale of the Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway at AAFW, 2021, Photo by Getty Images
June 3, 2021, on a day of national significance – Mabo day, also marked a historic milestone on the Australian fashion calendar. For the first time ever, six First Nations designers showcased their collections on the runway at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) on Gadigal Country.
Presented by Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP), a Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation program, partnering with IMG Fashion and David Jones, and curated by Perina Drummond, stylist and founder of Jira modeling agency, the runway brought together some of the nation’s most talented and highly awarded Indigenous designers to celebrate its long overdue position on the mainstage.
The designers included; Indii, Kirrikin, Liandra Swim, MAARA Collective, Native Swimwear and Ngali. All actively growing fashion brands, and part of the IFP Pathways Program, created together with David Jones with the aim of opening up opportunities for Indigenous labels through direct mentorships from the department store’s established Australian designers.
With Thanks To: Afterpay Australian Fashion Week and IMG Fashion, David Jones, Welcome to Country performed by Aunty Ann Weldon, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Creative Director/Head Stylist Perina Drummond, Production and Show Call The Event Group, Back of House Management The Syndicate Group, Event Manager Katena Valastro, Music Kyah, Hair Sponsor Redken, Hair Director Kristy Hodgson, Makeup Director Keli Aroha, Makeup Team The Fashion Institute, Set Design Jo Neville – Paper Couture.