Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Fashion Designers on Runway at MBFWA


 Fashion Week’s First Indigenous Runway

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia just got more diverse. An Australian Indigenous Fashion Showcase will take place on Friday May 15 as part of the official designer schedule. It is the first time that Aboriginal Fashion Designers and their Torres Strait Islander counterparts will feature in their own runway on Sydney’s global stage.

Presented by the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAF), the runway offering will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and creativity. Additionally, the foundation will also provide opportunities for indigenous designers, creatives and fashion industry professionals to get involved in the production. Expressions of interest will open on February 26. Five designers will be featured.

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We are thrilled to announce the Australian Indigenous Fashion Showcase will be introduced at @mercedesbenzfashion in it’s 25th year. Presented by Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) the runway event will be held on Friday 15 May 2020 and will bring together collections from five of Australia’s leading First Nations designers. The Australian Indigenous Fashion Showcase will provide a vibrant platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers to share their art, design and culture with the international fashion community. DAAFF will also be providing opportunities for Indigenous stylists, creatives and fashion industry professionals to contribute to producing and managing the show. Expressions of interest for designers and fashion industry professionals will open Wednesday 26 February 2020. Photos from 2017/18 From Country to Couture by Murray Hilton #DarwinArtFair #mbfwa #australianfashion #aboriginalart #indigenousfashion #firstnations

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We’ve been hoping for some time that mainstream fashion events across the country would represent Australia’s exciting indigenous fashion scene across all facets of the industry. That includes greater visibility of diverse models.

Interestingly, the Perth Fashion Festival had been running an extremely popular Indigenous Fashion Runway since 2016. It was the first in the country to so. Their inaugural parade was led by Samantha Harris.

Meanwhile in Melbourne, VAMFF have also played host to a Global Indigenous Runway for some time. We’d like to see all Australian fashion festivals OPEN with an Aboriginal fashion runway.

Aboriginal Fashion Designers

Clair Helen Designs

To see some of our top Aboriginal Fashion Designers, check out our feature from Naidoc Week.


Fashion Week Australia runs from May 11 to May 15 at Sydney’s Carriageworks.



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