SYDNEY, Australia – The National Indigenous Fashion Awards or NIFA proceeds with the program via social media’s broadcast live. It showcases the collections of Australian artists and designers, and 33 Indigenous creatives get nominated.
Across Australia, six Aboriginal artists won the top prizes after participating in the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFAs). This event partners with a famous fashion label in Australia hope to share collaborated masterpieces with one winner.
Nina Fitzgerald, the creative director of NIFA, stated during the awards that it recognizes the excellent work of native artists for the fashion industry. She said that there’s a big appetite for these works. Plus, there’s a large calibre of superiority in this industry.
Fitzgerald also explained that mainstream fashion is not famous for its diversity. She told that the challenge is to raise and rejoice the stories that come out of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australia via fashion design.
A Yuwaalaraay woman coming from New South Wales, Julie Shaw, was the winner of the Fashion Design Award for her indulgence resort line called Maara.
Shaw received an offer as an intern for 12 mounts with the famous lifestyle fashion brand in Australia, Country Road. As per her, the internship opportunity can be her big break in the fashion industry.
As per Shaw, Country Road has such a manifestation in the market, which is a positive thing for her. She added that more companies need to provide young designers chances. These should also make an effort to boost workplace diversity.
Shaw explained that it could be challenging because people desire to see an improved portfolio or they desire to know the experience where they worked before.
More trails into design rooms and ventures of big fashion companies might help. There might be more internship in the country, and it gives a feeling like there are more chances worldwide.
Elle Roseby, the managing director of Country Road, share dhow she yearned the mentorship platform might lead to a cooperative fashion collection with Shaw, along with more artists.
Roseby stated there’s no motive why collaborations will not pass the mentorship program, especially after seeing the designs, and the talents she witnessed.
Roseby also said that they want to support the fashion from Indigenous textiles and style because it’s what they think about when it comes to iconic brands in Australia.
Fitzgerald stated that fashion designs from Indigenous people have a lot to provide in the Australian market, and she’s about past stories that linked the artist. As per her, the workers are fun and vibrant. It’s displaying these stories in a modern manner, and everyone can connect to it.
A 26-year-old Kieren Karritpul from Daly River, Northern Territory won the award for the Textile Design Award. As per him, life and the stories that his elders taught him was the inspiration of his designs.
The winner for the Community Collaboration Award is Maara Collection X Bula’bula Arts, while the winner for the Environmental and Social Contribution Award is Ninti One. Bede Tungutaalum received a Special Recognition Award.