Expressions of interest for the 2019 From Country to Couture are now closed.

From Country to Couture” celebrates a convergence of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fine arts with high end fashion. The Fashion Show, has gained incredible momentum, and is a vibrant platform for textile artists to share their craft, culture, stories, and knowledge.

DAAFF is thrilled to announce that there will be two evening shows in 2019!  They will be held on Wednesday, 7th August 2019 in the Darwin Convention Centre Auditorium and we are excited to confirm that Grace Lillian Lee is returning to Darwin as our Creative Director!

As always, DAAFF aims to have an all-inclusive approach, however, From Country to Couture has gained huge momentum and this year we anticipate that the selection process will be very competitive.

A maximum of 10 collections will be selected. This will enable DAAFF to produce a professional showcase of Indigenous fashion, with a premium runway experience.

All expressions of interest will be assessed by a panel of Indigenous art industry and fashion industry experts. The panel will assess your application against the following selection criteria:

  • Collaboration process: Designers must work collaboratively with an Art Centre in the development of the fashion collection. The assessment panel needs to see the benefits that are being returned to the community Art Centre as a result of the collaboration.
  • New designs: DAAFF will be looking to support new designs and collections. DAAFF will not accept designs or collections that have been seen in From Country to Couture previously.
  • Innovation and High Couture: DAAFF will be looking for collections that showcase exceptional fashion design, and sophisticated methods of celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textile art.
  • Quality: The selection panel will be looking for evidence of high quality tailoring and fabric selection.

Please complete the details below by 15 April 2019. Contact Claire Summers (DAAFF Executive Director) with any enquiries at

We look forward to receiving your application!

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