The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation’s newly announced Community Ambassador will take the stage for a special performance in celebration of Indigenous fashion!

Our DAAF Foundation is thrilled to announce that Jessica Mauboy will perform her latest single at the Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway, presented by Afterpay and supported by David Jones, at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW).

Following the success of the inaugural IFP Runway in 2021, First Nations designers will return to the main stage on Gadigal Country in 2022. Held at Carriageworks in Sydney on Tuesday 10th of May at 8pm, tickets are now available to purchase!

Commenting on the performance announcement Mauboy says it is a wonderful opportunity for her to stand alongside fellow Indigenous creatives and highlight the work of the Foundation.

I am beyond excited to be performing at this year’s Indigenous Fashion Projects runway at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week – it will be an honour to stand up on stage with some of Australia’s most talented First Nations designers,” said Mauboy. 

“This experience will be my first official engagement as a Community Ambassador for DAAFF and I’m overjoyed to be joining with them to showcase the incredible work they do in supporting emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and designers.

Get ready for an immersive experience…

The featured First Nations designers who will participate in the IFP runway are all actively growing fashion brands and part of the IFP Pathways Program supported by David Jones: 

  • 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

IFP Runway finale 2021, AAFW, photo by Getty Images

Fast making their mark on the global fashion landscape, these designers are pushing boundaries and using fashion as a platform to tell their stories, sharing their unique cultures through their designs.

Each vibrant collection draws on the designer’s deep and personal connection to Country, collectively inviting audiences on an immersive sensory journey from the desert heart of Australia, along freshwater rivers, through to the sea.

The show will be brought to life by the dynamic Co-Creative Directors Al Weekes and Eastern Arrernte woman, Shilo McNamee, Head Runway Stylist and Yorta Yorta man Rhys Ripper, and Cat Rose as Producer. Alongside Jessica Mauboy’s performance, the  runway will also feature stunning videography by the acclaimed First Nations visual artist Wayne Quilliam.

This show is not to be missed!

TUES 10 MAY, 8PM – Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh

Tickets to the Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway and Jessica Mauboy performance are open to the public – but numbers are limited.

Avoid missing out by purchasing your tickets below. 

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation acknowledges that this event will take place on Gadigal Land in Eveleigh, Sydney.

AAFW is an IMG event supported by the New South Wales Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Profile photos courtesy of Jessica Mauboy