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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 by way of 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.  This group also shares the following overall responsibilities including, seeking funding, coordinating the various events’ program, social media activity, public relations, website management, producing the parade, coordinating designers and their models and hosting the various events referred to below.

2022 Parade and Marketplace

The 2022 Parade and Markeplace was held on Sunday

26 June  in brilliant winter sunshine at the Central Australian

Aviation Museum.

Our 10 designers this year - from Alice Springs, Darwin and

interstate – showcased their skills in dressmaking, textile

design, pattern making, dyeing, weaving, printing and

hand stitching.  

By recycling, up-cycling and repurposing mainly natural

materials from the ‘just not being worn’ piles... designers

this year created unique, one-off beautiful garments,

lovingly handcrafted and embellished with techniques

passed down through the generations.

The theme this year - "Shades of Sustainability" - inspires

us to think more about where our clothes come from,

to show respect for the resources and the labour involved

in the clothing and fashion industry, and to reflect on the

cost of cheap clothing and fast fashion to the environment

and to the  lives of 1000s of underpaid workers around the


And this week you can browse the designers' amazing

collections and buy unique streetwear and accessories,

from the Sustainable Couture Pop-Up Shop

Monday 27 June - Sunday 3 July 2022                

Venue: The Residency, Parsons Street, Alice Springs

Opening hours 10am - 2pm daily

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

Models Nicola and Kate

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Shades of Sustainability

This year's Sustainable Couture  Parade and Marketplace, as part of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, was a vibrant, fun-filled afternoond

Our theme for this year -  Shades of Sustainability  - has our designers showcasing innovative  interpretations of this timely theme on the catwalk.

Click here for profiles of our designers, and explore our website for step-by-step ways to reuse fabrics, and how to  remake and refashion garments that have been hanging idly in your wardrobe.


Our message is to buy less, to wear preloved, and to wear it longer, to swap and share clothing, to repair and restore what we have.


And remember, no matter where you live you can connect creatively and explore some inventive ways of living more sustainably. But, be warned…once you become inspired to have a go at some creative playtime, you will find a world of new and irresistible possibilities!

Visit our  Pop-up Shop at The Residency in Parsons Street, Alice Springs from 27 June to 3 July 2022 to buy your own one-off, distinctive recycled/upcycled outfit!

And visit our on-line marketplace to buy from the designers' online shops, and spread sustainable couture across the globe!


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’.

2020 Online Collection

In 2020 Sustainable Couture worked with talented videographer Devris Hasan to launch our collection online.


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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”. 

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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.

*Sophie Daniels (centre) on the runway with her models, at Eco Fashion Week Australia 2018

*Sophie Daniels (centre) on the runway with her models, at Eco Fashion Week Australia 2018

Mentorship Program Information

Sustainable Couture's Mentorship  program offers an opportunity for the creative and personal development for

an emerging designer/textile artist in central Australia.

Stay tuned for further information on this program

Click here soon for more information

Get in Touch

Thanks for your enquiry!

We  would  like  to  thank  our  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. 

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