National Indigenous Fashion Awards


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.

Visit the NIFA website or follow on Instagram at First.Nations.Fashion.Design, You may also like to follow Australian Indigenous Fashion.

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𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕒 𝕥𝕒𝕝𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕗𝕒𝕞𝕚𝕝𝕪 ❤️💛🖤 Instagram can be an incredible tool to learn about creatives and their practice nationally and to keep us connected . This beautiful young emerging model Izrael Maree Bruce shares with us the back story to this wearable piece of art @xizraelx • • “Well my mum and aunties paint together and they decided to put one of their paintings on material just to see what it look like. The material got sent up to the Gregory downs to my grandmother Tanya Bruce and she sewed this together. we just got it back a few days ago and we absolutely loved it so my mum took pics of me out near lake moondarra!” We are so excited for @cungelella_art and their creative practice and future plans for a fashion label 💥💥💥 we can’t wait!!

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Check out our posts on rising Aboriginal Fashion Designers, Models and our Revolutionaries of the Month Lyn-al Young and Ellah Noah Bancroft!


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