First Nations designers and artists from throughout the nation have come collectively in Darwin to showcase a number of the nation’s main Indigenous style.

The Nation to Couture style present has been held on Larrakia Nation, in Darwin, as a part of the Darwin Aboriginal Artwork Honest.

Creative director, Shilo McNamee, mentioned 18 designers and artists took half in two sold-out exhibits.

“We have had a lot curiosity from all these wonderful designers, artists and creatives, so we have two actually large exhibits,” she mentioned.

A woman walks away from the camera on a fashion runway. She wears wings made out of grass.
A mannequin showcasing a design from Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance. (Provided: Dylan Buckee)
a female model wearing a headpiece
A design from Gapuwiyak Tradition and Arts in collaboration with Aly De Groot Artwork. (Provided: Michael Jalaru Torres)

‘Tradition is a vital factor’

Wendy Hubert, an artist from the Juluwarlu Artwork Group in Western Australia, designed and modelled garments for the present.

An older Indigenous woman standing next to a young Indigenous man with a big screen and blue spotlights in the background
Wendy Hubert and Wimiya Woodley.  (ABC Information: Mitchell Abram)

She mentioned it was a delightful expertise to showcase Indigenous tradition.

“Tradition is a vital factor that we share with others … And you need to really feel good to share your tradition,” Ms Hubert mentioned.

“To share and acknowledge ourselves, to be pleased with ourselves, to have satisfaction in your self and be accountable.”

Wendy’s grandson Wimiya Woodley additionally took half within the present, and was his first time taking to the runway as a mannequin.

A man with curly hair and wearing a fur coat stands on a fashion runway.
A design from Linda Puna from Mimili Maku Arts, in collaboration with Unreal Fur.(Provided: Dylan Buckee)
A man with curly hair looks into the camera. He is wearing a fur jacket.
A design from Linda Puna from Mimili Maku Arts, in collaboration with Unreal Fur.(Provided: Dylan Buckee)

“I am feeling pumped to indicate my household’s tradition, being round all these different First Nations folks, it is very empowering he mentioned.

“We have come a good distance as blackfellas… and to be on this venue within the capital of the NT … it is very magical.”

A woman wears a colourful scarf and looks into the camera against a black background.
A deisgn by Ngali by Denni Francisco, with textile tailored from Lindsay Malay.(Provided: Dylan Buckee)

‘Carrying our tales’

Artistic Director Shilo McNamee mentioned she had been blown away by the response to this yr’s Nation to Couture occasions.

“Audiences are actually excited to return and assist the present, assist designers and artists,” she mentioned.

“There are fairly a couple of native folks concerned within the present, we have native expertise on stage as our closing performances … so it is nice that Darwin folks may come get behind it.”

A woman wears a colourful turban and a white t-shirt with a black background.
A mannequin carrying a design by Western Australia’s Juluwarlu Artwork Group.(Provided: Dylan Buckee)
A man wearing a colourful jumpsuit stands on a runway.
A Gantharri by Bobbi Lockye design on the catwalk.(Provided: Dylan Buckee)

Bobbi Lockyer, a designer who additionally took half within the present, mentioned she was inspired by the response to the occasion.

“It is so vital as a result of it is a manner of carrying our tales via and showcasing our unbelievable resilience and expertise,” she mentioned.

“It is actually unbelievable to have the ability to embody my tradition and embody my artwork, and the storytelling via the items in my designs.”

The Darwin Aboriginal Artwork Honest continues with the Nationwide Indigenous Vogue Awards and a public program of occasions starting on Friday.

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A brightly colored entry from Nagula Jarndu Artwork Centre.(Provided: Dylan Buckee)

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