NIFA 2021 Nominations

Nominations have NOW closed for the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) 2021

Who will be shortlisted this year?

DAAFF’s Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) is thrilled to have received record nominations for this year’s National Indigenous Fashion Awards! All the amazing nominees will be announced in mid-June.

Launched in 2020, the NIFA provides a vibrant and exciting platform to celebrate the innovation, diversity and ethical practices of Australia’s First Nations peoples in fashion and textiles, whilst contributing to the capacity building of the sector. 

Recognising and showcasing excellence across six categories, the award ceremony is a unique opportunity for the Australian and international fashion community to connect to the world’s oldest living cultures.

The prestigious awards recognise excellence across several areas and include the;

  • Cultural Adornment and Wearable Art Award
  • Textile Design Award
  • Fashion Design Award
  • Social and Environmental Contribution Award
  • Community Collaboration Award
  • Special Recognition Award

Image | Winners of the 2020 Community Collaboration NIFA, Bula’bula Arts, Photo by Savvy Socials.

Who Can Nominate and be Nominated?

  • Anyone can nominate! Note that you must have permission from the person/people you are nominating.
  • You can also nominate yourself! 
  • The NIFA celebrates and recognises Indigenous Australians, and so nominees must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.
  • You can nominate someone for multiple NIFA categories, but only one nomination per designer, per category, can be submitted. 
  • All nominations need to demonstrate a clear, cohesive aesthetic and quality production. Collections must also show strong evidence of Indigenous agency. 

The applications received will be vetted by the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation, which will include confirming all applicants meet the terms and conditions of entry and that the nomination has been completed. 

 A judging panel of Indigenous art, and fashion industry professionals, will assess the applications. One of the members will be appointed as head judge. 


Image Credit | Peggy Griffiths, Legacy Dress, Emu Feather Bag by Gail Manderson, model Billie-Jean Hamlet, photo by Georges Antoni for marie claire.

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