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.

2020 Online Collection

One stitch at a time

Yes…it is disappointing to have had to cancel Sustainable Couture’s live events for 2020 thanks to THAT uninvited, all pervasive, current ruler of the universe. 

However, no matter where you live you can connect creatively and explore some inventive ways of living more sustainably. With everyone’s health and wellbeing more important than ever, Sustainable Couture is organising online community-sustaining opportunities for our tribe of innovative makers, so you wherever you live.

Remember jumbo jets?  Well, do you know that Australians discard clothing at the rate of one full jumbo every hour.


Click here for stories on our designers, step-by-step ways to reuse fabrics, and how to  remake and refashion garments that have been hanging idly in your wardrobe, as well as linking you with other online resources to nurture your creative urges to recycle textiles.

But, be warned…once you become inspired to have a go at some creative playtime, you may not want to go back to work!

And, visit our on-line marketplace so that you can buy one-off, distinctive garments created by our passionate Sustainable Couture designers from recycled clothes & fabrics.

So, be sure to join us for Sustainability – one stitch at a time!


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.

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

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

"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”. 

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

Applications for the Sustainable Couture Mentorship  program shall be announced shortly. 

Stay tuned 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. 

© Sustainable Couture


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