Australian Indigenous Fashion Week (AIFW™) is a fresh and exciting new event that aims to showcase and support the design talents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from across Australia.
Set to become an annual fixture on the Australian fashion calendar, the AIFW™ will feature a diverse range of traditional and contemporary designs from emerging designers and already established industry names.
The week will be a visual feast of wearable fashion and accessories, textiles and fabrics, as well as a selection of art, furniture and homeware designs.
More than a week of runway events, AIFW™ actively seeks to nurture the talents of Australian Indigenous designers and artists and is offering mentoring programs, design training and modelling workshops.
By firmly placing Australian Indigenous fashion design in the spotlight, AIFW™ aims to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to create and develop sustainable business models and Fair Trade practises within the Australian fashion industry.
The perfect fusion of Indigenous art, culture and fashion design, the debut of the first annual AIFW™ is an event not to be missed.
Brand new talent emerges for the first Australian Indigenous Fashion Week.
The Australian fashion scene has exciting things coming its way, with a completely original fashion week revealing up-and-coming Indigenous designers & artists from across the nation. The inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week is set to take place from 11 & 12 April 2014, expanding to a week-long event in 2015.
Authentic and diverse Indigenous fashion, textiles, accessories and furniture gathered under one banner.
Traditional and contemporary Indigenous designers have been called upon to exhibit their products. This brings together a varied selection of Indigenous designers from a diverse range of languages and regions. In a mixture of traditional and contemporary styles, there will be a number of collections featured, including fashion, textiles, accessories and furniture.
Our goals beyond fashion
Organised by the Indigenous owned and managed event and communications company, All The Perks, the Australian Indigenous Fashion Week aims to assist in Indigenous economic development and to promote and enhance the ethical standards of the Australian fashion industry. More particularly there is a focus on Fair Trading links between Indigenous artists and buyers. This is a new platform for authentic Indigenous art to be distributed nationally and internationally, improving the economic status of Indigenous peoples, communities, individuals and businesses nationwide.
Featuring up to 30 designers, artists and performers, the Australian Indigenous Fashion Week exhibits more than just original designs and products. The event will showcase a broad spectrum of Indigenous culture, filling Sydney with cultural performances, tourism experiences and visual art. Tickets will be available in Feb 2014.