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NOMINATIONS

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Nominations for the National Indigenous Fashion Awards 2024 are now closed. Who will you nominate this year?

Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) is thrilled to invite you to nominate for this year’s National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA)!

Launched in 2020, the NIFA provides a vibrant and exciting platform to celebrate the innovation, diversity and ethical practices of Australia’s First Nations peoples in fashion and textiles, whilst contributing to the capacity building of the sector.

The award ceremony is a unique opportunity for the Australian and international fashion community to connect to the world’s oldest living cultures. Proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company, principal media partner NITV, and award partners Country Road, RMIT, Canberra Centre, QIC, Franchesca Cubillo, Eastland and Helen Kaminski.

The prestigious awards recognise excellence across several areas:

 Traditional Adornment Award

supported by Helen Kaminski

Business Achievement Award

supported by QIC

Wearable Art Award

supported by Eastland

 Community Collaboration Award

supported by Canberra Centre

Textile Design Award

supported by RMIT University

Fashion Designer Award

supported by Country Road

NEW in 2024:

Cecilia Cubillo Young Achiever Award

supported by Franchesca Cubillo

NEW in 2024:

Cecilia Cubillo Young Achiever Award

supported by Franchesca Cubillo

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What you need to know. 

Anyone – even YOU – can make a nomination.

This is a great time to put forward some of your favourite First Nations designers, creatives, Art Centres and businesses – and recognise their outstanding achievements and contributions in fashion and textiles. That dress you were eying off at fashion week, or that brand you follow on Instagram – now is the time to let them know how much you love their work.

And to our amazing community of First Nations creatives – don’t be shy – as well as nominating your peers, you can also nominate yourself!

Note that you can also nominate someone for multiple NIFA categories, ie. you may nominate them for the Fashion Designer Award AND the Business Achievement Award. Each nomination however will need to be completed as a separate form.

Nominations closed on 25 March 2024.

Shortlisted nominees will be notified by May.

To discuss your application, please contact IFP@daaf.com.au

Learn about each category below.

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Cecilia Cubillo Young Achiever Award

Supported by

NEW IN 2024! Named in honour of Franchesca Cubillo’s mother, the Cecilia Cubillo Young Achiever Award recognises an outstanding young person between the ages of 15-25 years, who is excelling in one or more of the areas of fashion, textile design, modelling, styling, wearable art, adornment and jewellery. 

The award considers: an individual journey, leadership and role modelling, along with a commitment to learning and developing practice.

The winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize.

 

Photo by Michael Belinda Cook

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Fashion Designer Award

Supported by

Since 2020, Country Road has been the proud presenter of the NIFA Fashion Designer Award. The award recognises an individual designer of original fashion apparel who has excelled both creatively and commercially.

The award considers: excellence in fashion design, styling and product quality and originality, commercial capability (has created a minimum of two commercial collections), cultural expression and storytelling, along with environmental and social contribution.

The winner will receive a 12-month business mentorship with Country Road, an iconic Australian fashion lifestyle brand. The program is tailored to the needs and focus areas defined by the mentee, covering areas such as marketing, product development, sales and finance and sustainability, supporting the winner to further build their business and career. The mentorship can be delivered in person and online, with Country Road supporting travel expenses up to $5,000.

Previous winners include: Julie Shaw of MAARA Collective, Denni Francisco of Ngali and Lillardia Briggs-Houston. Learn more

Photo by Michael Jalaru Torres

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Textile Design Award

Supported by

Indigenous textile design holds deep meaning and continues to push the boundaries of contemporary First Nations cultures. It is a medium that offers freedom, where the use of the vibrant colours in textile design is represented in new expressions of old stories, which enable artists to stretch their imagination.

Presented by RMIT University, this award celebrates and recognises an individual designer of textiles, including woven, knitted, dyed, printed or surface ornamented constructions. For example: screen print and lino print designs, woven garments, innovative digital designs on fabrics.

The award considers: excellence in textile design, innovation and originality, quality of craft; print, dye or surface ornamentation (where applicable), cultural expression and storytelling, along with environmental and social contribution.

The winner will receive a customised Textile Design Professional Development undertaken with globally recognised RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles, ranked among the Business of Fashion’s ‘The Best Fashion Schools in the World’. The prize is tailored to the winning artist’s requirements.

Past winners include: Philomena Yeatman, Yarrabah Arts & Cultural Precinct and Rowena Morgan, Nagula Jarndu.

Photo by Michael Jalaru Torres

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Community Collaboration Award

Supported by

This award recognises strong, two-way relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the textile and fashion industry, where social and economic benefits flow to communities, and where First Nations Peoples’ agency in the collaboration process is front and centre. The award celebrates effective and productive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the textile and fashion industry.

For example: the nominee is an Art Centre or the community, with the award recognising all parties to the collaboration.

The award considers: demonstration of collaborative process and Indigenous agency, cultural expression and storytelling, social and economic contribution to Indigenous communities, originality and innovation.

The winners will recieve a $10,000 cash prize to be split between each collaborator.  

Past winners include: Bula’bula Arts x MAARA Collective, Anindilyakwa Arts x Anna Reynolds, Aly de Groot, Mimili Maku Arts’ Linda Puna x Unreal Fur and Gapuwiyak Culture & Arts X Aly de Groot.

Photo by Belinda Cook

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Traditional Adornement Award

Supported by

For tens of thousands of years First Nations Peoples from around the continent have celebrated their cultures through traditional dress. This award shines a spotlight on the design of these items recognising an individual or group for the design of items that are created and worn to define or express culture. This award aims to encourage the creation and acknowledgement of traditional cultural regalia.

For example: ceremonial dilly bag, dancing belt, head-dress, or a possum skin cloak.

The award considers: a single item of cultural regalia, quality of construction, expression of living culture and traditional practice and storytelling, and contribution to the recognition and preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

The prize is a cultural exchange opportunity of the winners design and choosing, to the value of $3000.

Past winners include: Esther Yarllarlla, Bábbarra Women’s Centre and Gapuwiyak Culture & Arts Artists.

Photo by Michael Jalaru Torres

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Wearable Art Award

Supported by

Recognising an individual designer for the creation of a single (not a collection) worn item of clothing, accessory or piece of jewellery that demonstrates excellence in design, craft, cultural and artistic expression.

The award considers: design quality and originality, artistic merit, cultural expression and storytelling, quality of construction, along with wearability and/or performance potential.

Prize: The winning artist will receive a $5000 cash prize from Eastland.

Past winners include: Lillardia Briggs-Houston, Ngarru Miimi and Rhonda Sharpe, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists.

Photo by Michael Jalaru Torres

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Business Achievement Award

Supported by

This is an award for an individual or group, recognising leadership in a Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business, showing both creative and commercial success in textiles and fashion, and positively impacting the Indigenous fashion sector. For example: a label, business, or Art Centre. 

The award considers: business innovation, product or service quality, environmental and social contribution, brand development and marketing, cultural expression and storytelling, and impact on the Australian Indigenous fashion sector. 

The prize is to be announced.

Past winners include: Laura Thompson, Clothing the Gaps and Ikuntji Artists.

Photo by Belinda Cook

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SAVE THE DATE

Wednesday, 7 August, 2024

The NIFA 2024 will return to Larrakia Country this August alongside the renowned Country to Couture runway and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair.

More details and ticket sales to be announced.

 

Banner images featuring winners Ikuntji Artists and Lillardia Briggs-Houston at the National Indigenous Fashion Awards 2023, by Michael Jalaru Torres