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 will be held on Sunday 26 June
in brilliant winter sunshine at the Central Australian Aviation Museum.
Parade starts at 3pm. Buy tickets here - adults $25;
secondary school students $10; primary school students $5.
And... you can browse for your unique designer
eco outfit in the Marketplace opening at 1.30 pm.
And following this you can see the designers' amazing collections
in the Sustainable Couture Pop-Up Shop -
Monday 27 June - Sunday 3 July 2022
Venue: The Residency, Parsons Street, Alice Springs
where you'll be able to meet the designers,
browse and buy unique streetwear, accessories and homewares.
Opening hours 10am - 2pm daily
Shades of Sustainability
This year's Sustainable Couture Parade and Marketplace, as part of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, will be held on Sunday 26 June, the final day of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival.
Our theme for this year - Shades of Sustainability - has our designers buzzing and we anticipate innovative interpretations of this timely theme on the catwalk in June.
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
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.
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’.
*Sophie Daniels (centre) on the runway with her models, at Eco Fashion Week Australia 2018
Mentorship Program Information
Applications for the Sustainable Couture Mentorship program open soon.
Stay tuned for application forms and to hear the details of our mentee for this year's exciting program of creative and personal development.
Get in Touch
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.