First Nations fashion and design are about to make history at AAFW 2022


Represent the future of First Nations design talent.

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After making history in 2021 with two historic showcases of First Nations designs, First Nations Fashion and Design (FNFD) returns to Gadigal Country for another year of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week. Spanning the week of May 9-13, AAFW is set to deliver a dynamic mix of shows and presentations from Australia’s abundance of creative fashion talent.

Bookmarking the entirety of AAFW, FNFD will kick off the week with an official Welcome to Country and close the event with a sold-out Friday night show. Of the seven designers included in the dynamic showcase, two will return, while five will make their AAFW debut.

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Produced, styled and led by an all-Indigenous team, the second edition of FNFD’s pioneering show will foster continued opportunities and skills development for the Indigenous fashion industry.

“Designers represent a wide range of undeniable talent that flourishes in our remote, rural and urban communities. These designers are the beating heart of Blak Excellence and represent the future of First Nations design talent,” said Grace Lillian-Lee, Creative Director of FNFD.

Featuring live performances and a selection of unique First Nations label creations, the closing lineup includes the likes of Clothing The Gaps, Nungala Creative, Ihrra Swim, Inkuntji Artists, Gantharri, Myrrdah, Paul McCann and Elverina Johnston x TakingShape.

“We are honored to introduce Blak Excellence to a global audience. For the first time, a black production company has been invited to host the closing show of Australian Fashion Week,” said TJ Cowlishaw, FNFD COO and runway producer. “Grace and I are excited to return in 2022 and build on the success of last year’s historic performance.”

AAFW will take place May 9-13, 2022 live at Carriageworks, Sydney, and virtually on Learn more about the program here.


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