WHO WE ARE
FNFD is an NFP Indigenous Corporations our core business is in supporting the growth and development of the Indigenous Fashion Sector. We are a national voice representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers and creatives, creating ongoing access to opportunities, representation, skill development, and industry engagement.Through FNFD partnerships, we are working towards a self-sustaining ecosystem of Aboriginal Fashion Designers, Textile Artists, Jewellery Designers, Photographers, Models, Hair + Makeup Artists, Stylists, Curators, and Fashion Industry Professionals. We are 100% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander run and ensure that equal attention is paid to the cultural and commercial considerations of our Peoples.
WHAT WE DO
The FNFD program provides a national platform for grassroots art collectives and artists to showcase Indigenous-led arts, dance and fashion. It is a progressive initiative that enables a space for cultural expression, celebration and the continued dialogue of Indigenous knowledge.
A key objective is to contribute to the economic status of First Nations designers and communities, through increasing enterprise capability and promoting investment into community made arts and products. Beyond that, the program also serves as a platform to celebrate Indigenous independent designers, enhance their design skills and build their own profile.
FNFD aims to promote ethical trading, and best practice when working with, purchasing or licensing Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander arts, prints, designs, and cultural products. By upholding these values, FNFD seeks to foster a sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship between Indigenous artists, communities, and the wider creative industry.
Our vision at FNFD is to be a leader in empowering Indigenous communities through fashion and design. We aim to showcase the rich heritage, artistry and voice of First Nations Peoples - while promoting cultural sustainability and creating strong economic opportunities.
Is to create a platform that honours and elevates Indigenous fashion and design, providing a space for indigenous artisans and designers to showcase their talent, preserve their traditions, and share their stories with the world. FNFD is truly committed to promoting ethical and sustainable avenues of growth, fostering partnerships with indigenous communities, and raising awareness about the contributions of First Nations people to the fashion industry.
Our values underpin the way we work internally, with our members, our communities and our partners in delivering on our purpose.
- Sustainability – Investing in our people to build a self-sustaining First Nations fashion and design ecosystem
- Inclusivity – Generating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across urban, regional and remote Australia.
- Authenticity – Driven by our members and committed to grass roots programs and relationships based on mutual respect.
- Cultural Connection – Protecting the storylines of our culture and lore. Investing in our communities.