Ethical Fashion

WE THE MAKERS DESIGN FESTIVAL 2020

WE THE MAKERS DESIGN FESTIVAL 2020

The National Wool Museum will host a major new biennial Design Festival in 2020 – inviting fashion designers, makers and artists to make items of headwear, neckwear (including scarves), bodywear or footwear and complete looks – which respond to the Festival’s 2020 theme of “Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion.”

Undress Runways

Undress Runways

Undress Runways was born out of a pop-up runway at a Brisbane car park in 2011. The event  strives for sustainability in fashion, diversity on the runway and setting a higher bar for the industry. Since then, Undress has grown into Australia’s leading sustainable fashion runway event worked on by hundreds of people each year. We have showcased over 100 Australian and international sustainable designers, welcomed more than 5,000 guests to our shows and reached 50,000 people each year.

Meet | The New Garde

Meet | The New Garde

We catch up with AFC Member Jodie Hilton, CEO and Founder of The New Garde, to talk emerging businesses, local manufacturing and the newly launched Maison Garde and the Uncommon Store…

Meet | Bábbarra Designs

Meet | Bábbarra Designs

Aboriginal fashion designers and textile artists from Bábbarra Designs are taking their creations global with an exhibition at the Australian Embassy in France this September! We were lucky to catch some of the designs at DAAF in Darwin this August, and can’t wait to see what they have planned. We caught up with Ingrid Johanson and Jessica Phillips, Managers at Bábbarra Women’s Centre to hear more about the exhibition, the culture and linguistic diversity it celebrates, and the women involved…

AFC | Indigenous Fashion Update

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.

Introducing | Pattern Room by Sample Room

Introducing | Pattern Room by Sample Room

AFC Member Julia Van Der Sommen, Director of Sample room is a 25-year industry veteran. Noticing a shift to greater awareness of the provenance of clothes through her Melbourne-based ethically-accredited business, Sample Room. Ms Van Der Sommen has created a new tech product with her team that she believes will change the way designers and manufacturers approach development.

From Country to Couture | Meet the Designers

From Country to Couture | Meet the Designers

"From Country to Couture" celebrates the marriage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art and high-end fashion. The success of the textile design movement in remote Indigenous communities has led to exciting collaborations with well known Australian designers. This year, DAAF are proud to present two spectacular shows on August 7th…

The Fashion Advocate | Opportunity for AFC Members

The Fashion Advocate | Opportunity for AFC Members

Meet The Fashion Advocate, one of the largest online retailers for 100% ethical Australian and New Zealand fashion. After five years advocating for ethical and sustainable fashion online, The Fashion Advocate is now opening a retail boutique in Melbourne's Bayside to further support Australian and New Zealand fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. Applications to stock in-store with The Fashion Advocate are now open.

A.BCH | AFC Flagship

A.BCH | AFC Flagship

Discover the unique space from A.BCH as part of AFC Flagship, featuring 'Momentary Field', an installation collaboration with Art Director, Marsha Golemac. UN – DYED is both a temporary store and exhibition and will be open to the public for a limited time, from June 23-30, 2019 at Emporium Melbourne.

Fashion Meets Technology Series | Event Recap

Fashion Meets Technology Series | Event Recap

Last month The Australian Fashion Council, Citizen Wolf and Handpicked Wines partnered to kick off an event series designed to offer our industry an opportunity to connect, learn and discuss all things at the intersection of fashion and technology.


Meet | The Fashion Advocate

Meet | The Fashion Advocate

This week we caught up with Claire Goldsworthy, Founder and Editor The Fashion Advocate, a blog devoted to likeminded individuals who are designing for positive social and environmental change…

Meet | Nicki Colls

Meet | Nicki Colls

Ahead of the upcoming Festival of Natural Dyes, we caught up with Fibreshed Melbourne co-founder Nicki Colls, to talk through festival highlights and her work in building networks across our local supply chain.

Recap | AFC x ECA Afternoon Session

Recap | AFC x ECA Afternoon Session

A big thank you to designer Bianca Spender, Kate Bielenberg (Cue), Melinda Tually (Ndless) and Angela Bell (ECA) for taking part in an engaging conversation on ethical practice and local manufacturing at our Sydney Afternoon Session earlier this week! For those who couldn't make it along to the session, here is a quick recap...

Redress Design Award 2018!

Redress Design Award 2018!

Following intense rounds of preliminary judging, the 30 semi-finalists for the Redress Design Award 2018 have been unveiled. Organised by Hong Kong-based environmental NGO Redress, this year’s competition has been the toughest cycle yet since the launch of the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition in 2011. Reviewing a record number of applications from 56 regions, the expert judging panels scored the applicants based on creativity, originality, sustainability and market viability in order to cut hundreds of ambitious young sustainable designers down to just 30, including 1 Australian designer; Tess Whitfort from Boxhill Institute!

Who Made My Clothes?

Who Made My Clothes?

Today marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24th April 2013. To commemorate this, the global movement Fashion Revolution Week, encourages millions of people to ask brands ‘Who made my clothes’ and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain…

Image | by photographer and activist Taslima Akhter, returning four years on to tell the Survivors’ Stories of the Rana Plaza collapse. See the story over at fashionrevolution.org⠀

Meet the Labels from AFC Curated...

Meet the Labels from AFC Curated...

Thanks to the support of Creative Victoria and Noel Smyth - Director and Cinematographer, we have a series of 7 micro documentaries, giving a little insight behind the scenes of our designers from the AFC Curated program... 

SCCI FASHION HUB 2018

SCCI FASHION HUB 2018

Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) is a vibrant platform for the exchange of the most challenging and contemporary ideas on fashion and architecture.The first SCCI Fashion Hub takes place from 5 to 21 April 2018 — tickets and information available from www.scci.org.au.

Fair@Square Ethical Lifestyle Festival

Fair@Square Ethical Lifestyle Festival

We’re excited to partner up with Moral Fairground — an organisation that promotes fair, ethical, and sustainable business practices — for their Fair@Square Ethical Lifestyle Festival happening on December 2 (Saturday) from 11am to 9pm at Federation Square. This is a fantastic opportunity for the best ethical brands to make their products available to an anticipated walk-thru crowd of 50,000 right in time for Christmas!

ALDI | MADE IN GREEN

ALDI | MADE IN GREEN

ALDI Australia introduced the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® in 2009 on their home textiles ensuring product safety for their customers. Now they bring the focus to a transparent supply chain,  introducing their new MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® certified bath towels and bath sheets. They are the first retailer in Australia to bring the traceable textile label to their customers.

CTF Curated Melbourne is Back!

CTF Curated Melbourne is Back!

We've popped up once again with a collection of Australia's most exciting emerging local labels! This May and June you can find the CTF Curated pop up at two of Melbourne's premium retail spaces; St. Collins Lane and Emporium!