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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 with 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 of Sustainable Couture designers and makers

2023 Events Update

Eco Fashion Parade and Marketplace

We are very sorry to advise you that, due to unforeseen

circumstances, the 2023 Eco Fashion Parade and

Marketplace scheduled for Saturday 24 June,

has been postponed.

People who have purchased their Parade tickets will

receive a refund.

Other events will go ahead -

Pop-Up Shop

Sunday 25 June 2023

You can browse some designers' 2023 collections and buy

unique streetwear and accessories

Venue:  Central Craft, Araluen Cultural Precinct,

61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs

Opening hours 10am - 2pm

Clothes Swap and Repair Cafe

Saturday 17 June 2023

9 - 11am

Are you after some guilt-free shopping?

It's time to swap instead of shop!

Want some help to repair your loved clothing items?

Come to the Repair Cafe!

Venue:  Eastside Community Garden

Burke Street, Alice Springs

Recycling workshop

Sunday 18 June 2023

1 - 4pm

Join Anne Stewart and lmake a sunhat from

recycled materials

Venue: Central Craft

Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs

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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’s Sustainable Couture Parade and Marketplace, part of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, has been postponed, due to unforeseen circumstances.

Our other 2023 events will go ahead -

The 2023 Pop-Up Shop

at Central Craft in the Araluen Cultrual Precinct,

Alice Springs

Sunday 25 June from 1000

Clothes Swap and Repair Cafe

at the Eastside Community Garden, Burke Street, Alice Springs

Saturday 17 June 2023


Recycling workshop at Central Craft

Book  in here, for this fabulous workshop with Anne Stewart -  make a sunhat from recycled materials!

Sunday 18 June 2023


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’.



Design for a jacket made from an op shop blanket

Image courtesy of Franca Frederiksen, Sustainable Couture designer

Workshop Program 2023

Sustainable Couture is excited to be offering recycling workshops this year  at Central Craft in the Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, where local Sustainable Couture designer Anne Stewart will tutor participants in practical ways to recycle textiles and clothing.


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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.


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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