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Welcome to Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP)


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and governed, the IFP collaborates with Indigenous Australians working in textiles and fashion, with a range of development programs, mentoring opportunities and promotional events.

Brought to you by the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF), home of the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA), Country to Couture Runway and Pathways Program.

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Watch Country to Couture on Facebook!

Thanks to NITV, head to our Indigenous Fashion Projects Facebook page, or follow the event link below!

Be Part of Country to Couture in 2022!

Expressions of Interest are NOW OPEN for First Nations designers, artists and Art Centres to be part of the annual fashion showcase…

Be Part of Indigenous Fashion Projects.

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IFP News

Celebrating Innovation, Diversity and Success

Launched in 2020, the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA), provides a vibrant and exciting recognition platform to celebrate the innovation, diversity and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and fashion designers. Importantly, it also contributes to the capacity building of the burgeoning sector…

IFP Yarns | Julie Shaw, MAARA Collective

Headed up by Yuwaalaraay creative director Julie Shaw, Maara Collective’s luxurious resort wear is informed by a deep connection to community. Julie’s brand honours collaboration in the creative processes, with “maara” translating to “hands” in the Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay language groups.
It’s been a stellar couple of years for Julie and her label, and she’s been written into pretty much every chapter of the IFP story so far!

Clearing the Path

The Indigenous Fashion Projects x David Jones Pathways Program pairs First Nations designers with seasoned industry mentors, supporting the development of thriving Indigenous-owned fashion labels…

5 Indigenous Designers to Catch at David Jones This Month!

IFP have teamed up with teamed up with David Jones to present the inaugural Pathways Program Pop Up. This Capsule Collection of incredible First Nations fashion is exclusive to the iconic Aussie department store, presenting innovative, contemporary style guided by our oldest living cultures…

Wearing it Well

Over the past six years, DAAFF’s annual Country to Couture event has become a leading national platform to celebrate and support First Nations textile design and fashion… 

Shop The First Nations Designer Capsule Collection at David Jones!

An evolution of the IFP Pathways Program with David Jones, take a sneak peek at an exclusive capsule collection by five up and coming First Nations designers…

Meet the Country to Couture 2021 Designers

Meet the Country to Couture 2021 Designers

We’re thrilled to introduce you to the amazing line-up for Country to Couture 2021 in Darwin! The annual showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fashion and textile design returned for its 6th iteration on the 4 August, alongside the Darwin Aboriginal Art...

Meet the Designers…

Meet the Designers…

Get to know the Designers in the Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway! Tickets are now on sale for the Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week! Ahead of the show, here's a look at the six First Nations designers who will be showcasing...

NIFA 2021 Nominations NOW OPEN!

NIFA 2021 Nominations NOW OPEN!

Nominations are NOW OPEN for the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) 2021 Who will you nominate this year? DAAFF's Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) is thrilled to invite you to nominate for this year's National Indigenous Fashion Awards! Launched in 2020, the...

The purpose of Indigenous Fashion Projects is the organised support of the development of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textile and fashion practice and enterprise.


With a focus on the following:

  • Cultural expression, advancement & protection
  • Sustainable practice: environmental, social and financial
  • Community engagement
  • Collaboration
  • Developing stronger businesses
  • Good governance and Indigenous agency

IFP Events and Programs

Watch the NITV facebook broadcast of the 2021 National Indigenous Fashion Awards!