• Country To Couture 2021 - Ngali on runway. Photo credit Timothy Hillier
    Country To Couture 2021 - Ngali on runway. Photo credit Timothy Hillier

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation's (DAAFF) Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) has opened expressions of interest for the 2021 Country to Couture fashion showcase. 

The sixth instalment of the Country to Couture event is set to return to Darwin on Larrakia country on August 04, showcasing Indigenous art, textiles and fashion. 

"A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textiles and fashion design, Country to Couture is a contemporary way of cultural storytelling, and sharing knowledge," DAAFF said in a statement.

"The high energy runway presents innovative collections from Indigenous designers and artists across Australia, as well as unique collaborations between Indigenous communities and well-known Australian labels. 

"IFP is looking to showcase new and innovative fashion and textile collections from First Nations artists and designers, and/or collaborations where Indigenous agency and ethical practice are at the forefront," the organisation said. 

The 2021 instalment of Country to Couture follows the highly-successful 2020 event, where the livestream clocked up 10,000 views and 150 shares. 

Participants in the event can expect to be a part of a high-energy runway, be featured in a digital broadcast and media as well as have the opportunity to be a part of DAAF's physical and digital retail platforms. 

Interested designers are encouraged to fill in the online expressions of interest form on the DAAFF website. 

Applications will close on Friday 30 April 2021, and successful applicants will be notified by 15 May 2021.

Country To Couture is supported by Country Road and the Northern Territory Government. 

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