Last week, Darwin Innovation Hub was invited to attend the 2021 Country to Couture fashion show.
2021 Country to Couture is the annual showcase of First Nations textiles and fashion design. The success of the textile design movement in remote Indigenous communities has led to innovative fashion collections and exciting collaborations with well known Australian designers, which have been showcased in the Country to Couture event alongside the annual Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) since 2016.
One of our Startup Incubators, North Home Textiles, showcased their new designs alongside many other fascinating fashion artists. Emma Nesbitt (COO of DIH), Rodney Lambert (Venue Manager), Mimi Kunnikorn (Marketing Assistant) and Elle Webster (Customer Service Officer) attended the event in celebration of the annual showcase following the 2021 National Indigenous Fashion Awards held the night prior.
Designs from each artist below.
The 2021 Country to Couture Lineup Included:
- Anindilyakwa Arts
- Deadly Denim
- Dunjiba Fashions, from Dunjiba Community Artists supported by Ku Arts
- Jaru Girl Designs, by Bianca Long
- Jina-Jina, by Yinjaa-Barni Art
- Marrawuddi Art Centre and Injalak Art Centre collaboration with North Home Textiles
- Moydra Designs
- Ngali, by Denni Francisco with prints adapted from the work of Lindsay Malay
- Numus Design
- Papulankutja Artists collaboration with Black Cat Couture
- Tiwi Design collaboration with Ossom
- Waringarri Aboriginal Arts
- With featured accessories from artists of Numbulwar Numburindi Arts.