A group of fashion models stand in a line on the stage. A woman in a colourful dress stands in front of them.

National Indigenous Fashion Awards in Darwin showcases growing fashion industry

First Nations fashion is about much more than just clothes.

According to one of the people behind the National Indigenous Fashion Awards, the fast-growing industry is a gateway for greater recognition of First Nations people and culture more broadly.

“When we come together as Australians to make decisions around things like an [Indigenous] voice to … people will have a better understanding,” Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation Chair, Franchesca Cubillo, said.

“Because they’ve had those conversations with First Nations people, because they’ve bought those textiles or they’ve seen paintings or fashion.

“All of these important first steps allow First Nations people to take their place in Australia and be valued and appreciated.”

The awards started during COVID lockdown in 2020. (Supplied: Dylan Buckee)

The third annual NIFAs — which see Indigenous designers and artists from all over the country recognised for their work — were held in Darwin last night.

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