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.
2021 Parade and Marketplace
The 2021 Parade and Markeplace was held on Sunday 27 June
in brilliant winter sunshine at the Central Australian Aviation Museum.
Fourteen designers took part, with locals joined by guest designers
from Darwin NT, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria,
Tasmania and Queensland.
And this week you can see the designers' amazing collections in the
Sustainable Couture Pop-Up Shop - Monday 28 June - Sunday 4 July 2021
Call in to The Residency, Parsons Street, Alice Springs to meet the designers,
browse and buy unique streetwear, accessories and homewares.
Opening hours 10am - 2pm daily
One world ~ many threads
This year's Sustainable Couture Parade and Marketplace, as part of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, wowed the audience on Sunday 27 June!
Our theme for this year, One World Many Threads – had our designers buzzing and their catwalk collections showed such inventive interpretations of this timely theme.
It has been a vibrant weekend of fibre festivities at the Alice Springs Beanie Festival program in 2021.
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 this week 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.