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Banner Image | Collage including 1) Ihraa Swim, photo by Joshua Howlett, 2) Country inspiration courtesy of GALI, 3) Martuwarra by Sonia Kurarra and Daisy Japulija, from Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency.

Since 2021, Indigenous Fashion Projects and David Jones have showcased designers from the IFP Pathways Program at Australian Fashion Week…

The David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway returned to Australian Fashion Week, presented by Pandora, on 16 May, 2024. 

Each year, the event debuts the latest collections from designers who are part of the IFP Pathways Program, which sees business development and cross cultural learnings through a series of industry led workshops and mentorship.

The runway provides an exciting opportunity to showcase First Nations talent, both down the runway and collaborating behind the scenes. 

Welcome to:

IN RELATION WAY

Five collections weave stories of legacy, matriarchy, honour, connection, arrival, and Country. Bringing together a way of being, in relation way.

Living in collaboration with generations of ancestral knowledge, since time immemorial. We exist, in relation way.

A ceremony, held by deep stories of Country, the beauty of vivid blue skies and waters, the memory of everything that has gone before.

IFP Runway News

IFP Pathways Program in 2023

IFP Pathways Program in 2023

Whats new? The IFP Pathways Program, supported by David Jones, returns in 2023 with a new cohort of First Nations designers set for AAFW - AND - a newly launched 'Track to Pathways' program underway.   Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) and David Jones have...

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Meet the Designers for 2023!

Meet the Designers for 2023!

Get to know the designers behind the labels who'll be showcasing at this year's David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week!   Images courtesy of the designer: 1) David Leslie, 2) Gali Swimwear - Pauline Napangardi...

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Shop the IFP Runway from AAFW

Shop the IFP Runway from AAFW

Indigenous Fashion Projects at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 The Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) Runway returned to Afterpay Australian Fashion Week for the second time in May, showcasing iconic First Nations designers, and a stellar performance by Jessica...

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Feature Artwork

You’ll notice these incredible work ‘Martuwarra’ accompanying our In Relation Way runway. These are by Walmajarri women, artists and sisters: Sonia Kurarra and Daisy Japulija, courtesy of Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency.

David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway – 2023

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About the Show

David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway – 2023

Presented by Afterpay at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week

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

Redken – Official Hair partner for AAFW

David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway – 2022

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About the Show

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.

David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway – 2021

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About the Show

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 CollectiveNative 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.

Thanks to

Supporting the Pathways Program