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About Sustainable Couture

An early eco-fashion movement, Sustainable Couture was launched in Alice Springs, Australia, in 2009 by a flourishing group of creative, eco savvy designers and textile artists.


Through  its unique approach to recycling, refashioning and reconstructing textiles, Sustainable Couture has focused community attention on sustainability through presenting the  endless possibilities of recycling, upcycling, repurposing and reducing textile waste.


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

2024 Events 

Sustainable Couture Exhibition 2024

Back to Our Roots

Thursday 20 June - Saturday 6 July 2024

June Marriott Gallery

Central Craft

Araluen Cultural Precinct

61 Larapinta Drive

Alice Springs  NT Australia

Exhibition is open from 1000 -1400 Mondays to Saturdays

Join us for the exhibition opening - Thursday 20 June 2024

at 5.30pm

This eclectic collection by 8 designers brings us back to

the location of our first event held at Central Craft in 2009.


T Shirt Reconstruction with Jude Mapleson

Sponsored by Sustainable Couture

Friday 24 May 2024

1100 - 1400

Central Craft studio

Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs

61 Larapinta Drive

Alice Springs NT

Transform your wardrobe with our T Shirt Reconstruction Workshop!

Join Jude Mapleson and learn how to recycle old tees and fabric

into unique, stylish pieces. Say goodbye to boring clothes and hello

to sustainable fashion!

Book online here

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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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From our co-founders

This year Sustainable Couture returns to its roots - to the location of our first event at Central Craft in the Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs.

This year's exhibition will be our final bow. Since our launch at Central Craft in 2009, Sustainable Couture has contributed to a rich and innovative art, craft and design community in central Australia, and promoted Alice Springs as a creative community and flourishing centre of recycled fashion. And it has influenced people's thinking about sustainability and how every individual can make a difference, reducing textiles in landfill.

We thank all who have so enthusiastically embraced and supported Sustainable Couture.

We thank you for the good times!

And remember -

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

Meet our Designers

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’.


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One Stitch at a Time
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.


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. 

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