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.
With access to University Faculties at RMIT and UTS, individuals and grassroots art collectives will be guided through all the stages of creating a commercially viable design brief and collection. With a strong focus on professional development, future education and career opportunities, the program will be also be covering key areas of marketing and branding. Each step of the process will be documented with photoshoots, culminating in varied exhibitions and opportunities for participants to showcase their work. This process will also be displayed to the wider Australian creative industries through the FNFD website and continued PR opportunities.
The FNFD program provides a national platform for grassroots art collectives and artists to showcase Indigenous-led arts, dance and fashion. In doing so, this unique and progressive initiative also enables a space for cultural expression, celebration and the continued dialogue of Indigenous knowledge.