top of page

About Sustainable Couture

Sustainable Couture is a thriving network of Australia wide designers who have fused their skills to forge a unique approach to recycling, refashioning and reconstructing textiles. 


Members have been creating one-off, edgy fashion designs, accessories and 

homewares, as well as focusing community attention on 

sustainability through the endless possibilities of recycling, upcycling, repurposing and reducing textile waste, since 2009.


The collective energy of the group is refreshed annually with new designers being invited to participate in the parade and pop-up shop or the return of past designers - the ebb and flow is managed by a core group of Sustainable Couture designers and makers

2023 Eco fashion Parade and Pop-Up Marketplace

Eco fashion Parade and Pop-Up Marketplace

Saturday 24 June 2023

Venue:  Caterpillar Dreaming sculpture located in the

Araluen Cultural Precinct, 61 Larapinta Drive,

Alice Springs, NT

Marketplace of eco fashion and accessories opens 3.15pm


Pre Parade drinks and finger food will be available

Eco fashion Parade - Designers' collections hit the

runway at 4pm

This year designers and makers from the Northern Territory

and interstate will showcase their skills in recycling and

upcycling to create unique and distinctive garments and

accessories - all lovingly handcrafted and embellished

with techniques passed down through the generations

And there will be a Pop-Up Shop on Sunday 25 June 2023

You can browse the designers' amazing collections and buy

unique streetwear and accessories

Venue:  Central Craft, Araluen Cultural Precinct,

61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs

Opening hours 10am - 2pm

Gail Hayes_edited.jpg


From Gail Hayes' stunning 1970s and 80s collection - exemplifying Choose well, buy less.

Models Nicola and Kate

Buy your 2023 Parade Tickets Now!

Saturday 24 June 2023

Parade tickets $25.00 per person








Sustainable Couture Logo.jpeg

Give a Frock


This year’s Sustainable Couture Parade and Marketplace, part of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, will be a vibrant, fun-filled afternoon.

Our theme for this year – Give a Frock.  Sustainable Couture certainly does… and has been sharing the fashion recycling message since launching one of Australia’s first eco fashion events in 2009. 

This year’s theme is a nod to the 2009 theme which was Do You Give a Frock

Our 10 designers will showcase their collections of innovative, fabulous new garments & accessories created from preloved pieces on the catwalk located in front of the fabulous Caterpillar Dreaming sculpture - located in the Araluen Cultural Precinct (Beanie Festival central) near Central Craft, ALice Springs.

Plus, there’s an abfab programme of recycling workshops to engage people at all levels of designing, stitching & sewing. 

Click here for profiles of our designers, and explore our website for ways to reuse fabrics, and how to remake and refashion garments that have been hanging idly in your wardrobe.  Once you become inspired to have a go you will find a world of new and irresistible possibilities…it can become quite addictive!

Give a Frock - buy less, wear preloved, wear it longer, swap and share clothing and…repair and restore what we have.

Philomena Hali and Franca Frederiksen

Sustainable Couture Founders

Designer Franca Frederiksen

Co-instigator of Sustainable Couture and three-time recipient of ‘runner-up’ Wearable Art Awards, Franca is passionate about fashioning stylish garments from recycled and sometimes surprising fabrics.

Designer Philomena Hali

Philomena is recognised nationally and internationally for her diverse work; her pieces are held in private collections, museums and galleries across Australia and overseas.

Desginer Carmel Ryan

A long-time dressmaker and passionate about the environment, Carmel prefers to reuse and repurpose, and loves working with vintage pre-loved or found natural materials that 'come with a story’.



Design for a jacket made from an op shop blanket

Image courtesy of Franca Frederiksen, Sustainable Couture designer

Workshop Program 2023

Sustainable Couture is excited to be offering our 2023 workshop  program


Workshops will be held at Central Craft in the Araluen Cultural Precinct, where local Sustainable Couture designers will tutor participants in practical ways to recycle textiles and clothing.

These will be held in the lead-up to the Opening Parade.

Stay tuned for further information on these workshops

Click here soon for more information


Change _73.JPG

2020 Online Collection

"Why send perfectly good clothing to landfill?" The Sustainable Couture Designer's deconstruct and reconstruct garments,  embellishing them "One Stitch at a Time"...


All In The Same Boat

“All in the same Boat” invited everyone to “come on board and sail the oceans of possibility, ride the tide in the shift to a more sustainable and ethical clothing industry”. 

Sus Sus 2018_143.JPG

Worn to be Wild

Clothing has always been a way of expressing oneself: our national or ethnic identity, our class, gender and sexuality.  Clothes are and always have been Worn to be wild.


Get in Touch

Thanks for your enquiry!

We thank  our  generous sponsors

for giving us the opportunity to develop our creative skills, contribute to a rich, innovative art, craft and design community and bring attention to the national discussion around our environment and the urgent need to reduce textile waste in landfill. 

bottom of page