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PHOTO BY MICHAEL JALARU TORRES FOR MARIE CLAIRE AUSTRALIA, FEATURING MIMILI MAKU ARTS, LINDA PUNA X UNREAL FUR

Welcome to the National Indigenous Fashion Awards

Celebrating the innovation of Australia’s First Nations Peoples in fashion and textiles.

Launched in 2020, the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA), provide a vibrant and exciting platform to celebrate the innovation, diversity and ethical practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and fashion designers, whilst contributing to the capacity building of the sector.

The NIFA are proudly brought to you by Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation’s Indigenous Fashion Projects, and supported by the Northern Territory Government.

Recognising and showcasing excellence across six categories, the award ceremony is a unique opportunity for the Australian and international fashion community to connect to the world’s oldest living cultures.

The prestigious awards include the:

  • Traditional Adornment Award, supported by the Northern Territory Government
  • Community Collaboration Award, supported by Canberra Centre
  • Business Achievement Award, supported by Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation
  • Textile Design Award, supported by RMIT
  • Wearable Art Award, supported by Robina Town Centre
  • Fashion Designer Award, supported by Country Road

Thanks to our Principal Media Partner NITV, you can watch the NIFA 2023 Broadcast on SBS OnDemand HERE

Save the date: Wednesday, 7 August 2024

NIFA over the years…

The inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) took place in 2020, and has since become an annual celebration, with the presitgeous awards ceremony taking place on Larrakia Country each August alongside the renowned Country to Couture runway and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair.

With alumni winners going on to grace the covers of fashion magazines and international runways, the number of nominees each year continues to grow, as does our dedicated community of supporters.

NIFA News

NIFA 2023 Winners

NIFA 2023 Winners

The National indigenous fashion awards 2023 Winners Have Been Announced! Proudly presented by Indigenous Fashion Projects, meet the winners of the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) 2023! The NIFA 2023 ceremony took place this Wednesday evening, 9 August, under...

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NIFA 2023 Nominee Shortlist

NIFA 2023 Nominee Shortlist

Banner Image: Cindy Rostron wears 'A Beautiful Chaos' collection by Kylie Caldwell in collaboration with Spell, photo by Marley Morgan  Announcing the Nominee SHORTLIST for the National Indigenous Fashion Awards 2023!Returning for the fourth year, we’re thrilled to...

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The National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) 2023 are proudly presented by the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation’s (DAAFF) Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP), and supported by the Northern Territory Government. With thanks to our Principal Media Partner NITV, Media Partner marie claire, Showcase Partner QIC, Darwin Festival, and award partners Country Road, NTG, RMIT, Canberra Centre, Robina Town Centre and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation.