NIFA Nominations are OPEN!

31 March 2020


Entries are now open for the inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFAs). The awards, a partnership between the Northern Territory Government and the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF), provide a platform to showcase Australian indigenous fashion and design to the world.

The Territory is a leader in the field of Indigenous art and culture, and at the forefront when it comes to capturing the magic of cultural storytelling and knowledge sharing in new and innovative ways. The NIFAs will recognise and celebrate the emerging indigenous designers who are achieving this through fashion and textiles.

The NIFAs emerged from the success of the Country to Couture fashion runway event held at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair every August. Awards will be presented for:

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

The combined prize value is $60,000. Prizes include development opportunities, funding, travel and promotion. Applications for the awards are open now and will close on 31 May 2020. Winners will be announced on 5 August 2020. To enter visit  

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:

“The inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Awards will offer new opportunities for Aboriginal designers and a platform to promote their unique couture both nationally and to the world.

“It has never been more important to celebrate and support our talent and strengths. 
Art and culture are integral to the social and economic wellbeing of all communities, but particularly those in remote areas.

“We’re partnering with DAAFF to showcase these stories to the rest of the world.

“The Awards will elevate Aboriginal textiles and design, expanding its global reach and ensuring that it continues to develop as an industry in its own right. This will open up new avenues for jobs and economic opportunity for Aboriginal people, including and importantly on country.”

Quotes from David Giles-Kaye, Former CEO, Australian Fashion Council and DAAFF Indigenous Fashion Projects Consultant:

“The National Indigenous Fashion Awards provides a key platform for pathways into the fashion industry, empowering those involved to build sustainable businesses, generate income and support their communities, all the while enriching the Australian fashion landscape. A national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fashion award is an amazing next step to celebrate this thriving industry.  

“The Country to Couture Runway is so unique and critical for the Australian fashion industry and our Indigenous designers. The event generates excitement among industry members, consumers and people in remote Indigenous communities.”

Quotes from Franchesca Cubillo, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation Chair:

“The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation is proud to provide vibrant platforms to support Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander artists and Art Centres. Our fashion programs are having an incredible impact on the Indigenous art sector and this is an exciting time for the fashion industry.

“DAAFF has been working to develop the concept of the National Indigenous Fashion Awards, and we are so excited to present it in 2020. This award will showcase talented Indigenous Australian artists, and share their amazing fashion and textile designs to the world.”

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