Creative Industries Residency Program
Models on a walkway at a fashion show.
First Nations Fashion and Design, Runway at Auspay Australian Fashion Week, Carriageworks, 2021. Image by Lucas Dawson.

First Nations Fashion and Design

“First Nations Fashion and Design is honoured to commence our Powerhouse Creative Industries Residency. We can now offer our NSW-based and national members a dedicated resource in Sydney that they can use to build their businesses. The Creative Industries Residency will be the third First Nations Fashion and Design hub (along with Cairns and Melbourne) that will support the growth and sustainability of the First Nations fashion sector. We plan to use the residency to facilitate workshops, showrooms, meetings, yarning circles, support groups and the ability to start nurturing a stronger ecology of Indigenous Fashion Industry members. The residency will allow First Nations Fashion and Design to grow beyond events and provide a safe cultural space for mob to do business and a pathway to exchange knowledge and innovation with the broader industry.”

– Grace Lillian Lee and Tegan Cowlishaw, First Nations Fashion and Design

First Nations Fashion and Design is a national voice representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members; creating ongoing access to opportunities, skill development, and industry engagement. As a not-for-profit organisation, their core business is supporting the growth of Indigenous fashion. First Nations Fashion and Design is working towards a self-sustaining ecosystem of First Nations fashion designers, textile artists, jewellery designers, photographers, models, hair and makeup artists, stylists, curators and fashion industry professionals. Its Board of Directors and Executive team are 100% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

First Nations Fashion and Design’s headquarters at Powerhouse Ultimo will become a centre for blak excellence within the fashion industry; providing space for First Nations fashion professionals to participate in First Nations Fashion and Design activations, and a gateway for their remote communities to access industry opportunities in Australia’s fashion capital.

Learn more about First Nations Fashion and Design.