AFC | Indigenous Fashion Update
The recent Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) and From Country to Couture runway held in August this year has once again highlighted the incredible talent of our Indigenous designers and artists, along with the broader impact that opportunities in the Fashion industry can have for Indigenous communities. The event also saw the announcement of an exciting Industry initiative moving ahead in this space; The Inaugural National Aboriginal Fashion Awards to be launched in Darwin next year.
Supporting Indigenous Fashion on the Agenda for AFC and the Industry
Australia's fashion industry generates $25 billion per year. There are growing opportunities to develop the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Indigenous fashion design, as well as the need to inform and support regional and remote community art and Art Centres. Many opportunities also exist to provide Indigenous artists and fashion designers with the training and skills to develop their art and products, and gain broader access to new markets.
AFC & DAAFF | Developing an Industry Strategy
The Australian Fashion Council (AFC) and the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) are working in partnership, supported by a working group of industry representatives, to create a strategic plan for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and governed fashion business organisation.
It will identify opportunities to support the sector, and pilot fashion projects that focus on ways to increase quality, expand reach, and ensure best practice in business and production for the Indigenous fashion sector and collaborators.
Broad Consultation | The Workshop Series
As part of this strategy development, AFC and DAAFF are hosting a series of workshops to investigate the current landscape of the global First Nations fashion industry, and deeply consult with remote community Art Centres, Indigenous designers, and Australian fashion industry stakeholders.
The first of these workshops was held in Darwin shortly after the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair this August. A collection of fashion designers, artists and industry stakeholders from across Australia were invited to the session to talk about the future of Indigenous fashion and textile design.
Set to be repeated in other cities around Australia, the next workshops will be planned for Sydney and Melbourne in upcoming months to allow broad consultation as we work together to support growth in the Indigenous Fashion space.
About The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation
The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) is a not-for-profit, Indigenous corporation, owned by a membership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres. It’s signature event, the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is referred to as the “Art Basel of Australian Indigenous art” and is internationally recognised as the most prestigious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art fair. DAAFF is also proud to present “From Country to Couture”, which is an exciting runway show that celebrate the marriage of contemporary fine art with high end fashion. The Indigenous art sector has recognised DAAFF as a key organisation to drive the development of Indigenous fashion on behalf of remote community Art Centres.
More to Come
Stay tuned for updates in this space, and take a look at the DAAF From Country to Couture Runway coverage below, featuring work by;
Lisa Waup (Baluk Arts) & VERNER
Design Within Country and Marnin Studio
Bima Wear and Clair Helen
Lindsay Malay from Warmun Art Centre & Ngali
Bula’bula Arts and Julie Shaw
Tangentyere Artists and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists
Tiwi Collective & North
Kaiela Arts & Wendy Crow
Yinjaa-Barni Art & Patricia Floyd
Anindilyakwa Arts & Aly de Groot
Gorman & Mangkaja Arts
Above | Via DAAF by images by Dylan Buckee