Indigenous Fashion Projects Pathways Program with David Jones

02 October 2020

Expressions of interest open for daaff’s Indigenous Fashion Projects Pathways Program with David Jones…

We’re excited to share with you some more of what we have in the works for the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation’s Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP). To start, IFP have partnered with iconic Australian retailer David Jones for the ‘Pathways Program’ for Indigenous fashion designers.

Image; by Georges Antoni for marie claire, featuring Legacy Dress by Peggy Griffiths

Creating Pathways for our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Designers

In partnership with David Jones, the Pathways Program has been designed to facilitate support for First Nations designers across all stages of the development of a fashion label.

Through a series of workshops and mentorship, the Pathways Program will create an opportunity for the iconic retailer to share their industry expertise and nurture the growth of Indigenous businesses. 

With the wider fashion industry having much to learn from Indigenous designers grounded in over 60,000 years of heritage, the program will also provide a platform to engage in the sharing of stories and culture. Industry partners involved are there to listen and learn as much as they are to share their expertise.

Broader industry support for the program includes Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) and Australian designer heavyweights Kit Willow of KITX and Charlotte Hicks of Esse. 

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest to be part of the Pathways Program are now open through to October 16, 2020. You can find further information and fill in an online EOI form via the link below.

Read all about the collaborative project and get your hands on a copy of the VOGUE Australia September Issue; ‘Hope’, featuring artwork by the amazing Anangu/Aboriginal Pitjantjatjara artist Betty Muffler on the cover!


Image; Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country), (2020), commissioned by Vogue for the September 2020 issue and gifted to the National Gallery of Australia, via

Hear from designer and founder of Ngali, Denni Francisco, on the David Jones Blog as they talk through the partnership…


Image;  Ngali pieces on the runway, courtesy of Denni Francisco.

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