Welcome to the First Nations Fashion + Design home, a unique and progressive platform created to nurture and support Indigenous artists. As a collaborative initiative, FNFD is assisting individuals and art collectives in developing a rich portfolio of work while paving a path for the development of Indigenous-led wearable designs. Creating a space for artists to grow their craft within both a creative and professional framework, FNFD is also building a purposeful platform for cultural dialogue and self-expression. A space committed to honouring the past by raising public awareness of Australia’s rich Indigenous heritage while creating a fresh space for continued dialogue and tradition of ‘sharing’ on a national level.
The FNFD program provides a space for cultural exploration and communication through Indigenous fashion, design and performance. Giving space to both grassroots and established artists and art collectives to further develop their skill set within a commercially viable framework, the program is fostering the next generation of artists in an already vibrant and creative space.
With a dynamic approach to mentorship, FNFD takes artists on a journey from concept all the way through to runway show and exhibition, covering all key aspects of professional development within the fashion + design process. Commencing with an Indigenous-led design brief, artists are guided through the process of product development and portfolio management, with the support and backing of University Faculties.
FNFD provides a platform for cultural expression and celebration by way of fashion and performance under the guidance of one of Australia’s leading Indigenous creatives, Grace Lillian Lee.
FNFD is home to a rich and vibrant group of artists and art collectives. From a grassroots level to established names, we exist to nurture and place a spotlight on Indigenous-led art and design. Find out the names to watch and the programs taking place in our NEWS section below.
Specialising in hand printed textiles, artist Lynelle Flinders is a descendant of the Dharrba Warra Clan from the Starke River area north of Cooktown. Taking inspiration from her rich cultural heritage, Lynelle’s work highlights the growth, vibrancy and potential of Indigenous-led fashion and design.Read more
Artist Emily Doolah draws on her Indigenous heritage and knowledge as a means of educating and passing on the rich and diverse beauty of Torres Strait. Exploring fish motifs through the use of traditional weaving practices and contemporary materials, Emily demonstrates the importance of art in maintaining cultural dialogue.Read more
Working to preserve the Indigenous spirit through the arts, Elverina Johnson has been a beacon of creativity for more than 30 years. A highly respected Gurugulu and Indinji Gimuy woman from Yarrabah in Far North Queensland – Elverina is one of the nation’s most recognisable Indigenous artists.Read more