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Australian Fashion Week Round Up

Australian Fashion Week has wrapped up a remarkable showcase of innovation, sustainability, and heritage.

by Sarah McLean

27 May 2024

Australian Fashion Week has wrapped up a showcase of innovation, sustainability, and heritage. This year’s event highlighted the power of collaboration in supporting Australian designers, from cutting-edge creative to sustainable fashion initiatives; the week was filled with inspiring moments that positioned Australian fashion on the global stage.

A historic moment at AFW 2024 was the debut of five First Nations fashion designers on the David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) Runway. Under the theme ‘In Relation Way,’ these Indigenous labels shared tales of legacy, matriarchy, honour, connection, arrival, and Country through their awe-inspiring collections. 

The 2024 cohort featured GALI Swimwear for men’s swimwear, AFC member Ihraa Swim for women’s swimwear, JOSEPH & JAMES for menswear, Lazy Girl Lingerie for lingerie, and AFC member Miimi & Jiinda for women’s fashion blending art and lifestyle. Established by the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) Foundation in 2020, the IFP Pathways Program, in collaboration with David Jones, nurtures emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers, providing mentorship and support. “Our runway embodies our way of life, In Relation Way,” expressed Indigenous Fashion Projects Manager Michelle Maynard.

AFW 2024 celebrated brands like Carla Zampatti and VIKTORIA & WOODS for their local production, while Alix Higgins and Iordanes Spyridon Gogos were inspired by their upcycling initiatives. Notably, Madre Natura showcased its previous collection, making a statement not to make anything new until what they have made is sold, emphasising the importance of sustainability to the brand’s ethos.

Excitingly, we launched our brand new  Social & Environmental Toolkits to boost fashion sustainability. These resources, aligning with UN SDGs, are perfect for SMEs and promote best practices. AFC Members can download them from our website. Download Here

AFW 2024 featured highlights from:

  • VIKTORIA & WOODS celebrated their 20th anniversary with a Resort 2025 collection featuring neutral tones and elegant tailoring.
  • Carla Zampatti returned after a four-year hiatus with the DINASTIA Collection, presented in partnership with Porsche under new Creative Director Karlie Unger.

Australian Fashion Week 2024 has officially wrapped up, leaving us inspired and excited for the season to come for Australian fashion. Congratulations to all of the AFC members who participated in this year’s event and made it a huge success. We look forward to continuing the journey towards a sustainable and vibrant fashion future.





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