For the first time ever, a new National Indigenous Fashion Awards night will be held on August 5. An initiative of the highly successful Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation, more than 30 finalists will soon be announced across six categories.
The categories are:
- Cultural Adornment and Wearable Art Award
- Fashion Design Award
- Textile Design Award
- Community Collaboration Award
- Environmental and Social Contribution Award
- Special Recognition Award
Nominees will compete for a prize pool value of $60,000 including promotion, support, development opportunities, travel,and cash.
The awards are an extension of the popular Country to Couture fashion showcase, first held as part of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation in 2016. Showcasing the talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and designers, the runways have given rise to exciting collaborations between local artisans and well-known Australian fashion labels.
Global recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture is seeing increasing demand for textiles and designs produced in remote Aboriginal communities.
“The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation is so proud to provide vibrant platforms to support Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander artists and Art Centres. Our Fashion programs are having an incredible impact on the Indigenous art sector and this is an exciting time for the industry.
DAAFF has been in deep conversation with Indigenous fashion creatives to develop the convept of the National Aboriginal Fashion Awards, and we are now so excited to present it in 2020. This award will showcase talented Indigenous Australian artists, and share their amazing fashion and textile designs to the world.”
– Franchesca Cubillo, DAAFF Chair
The National Indigenous Fashion Awards will be broadcast on National Indigenous Television , NITV on 5 August.