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

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2021
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.

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’.

Blog

2020 Online Collection

In 2020 Sustainable Couture worked with talented videographer Devris Hasan to launch our collection online.

Galleries

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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"...

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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.

*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 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.

Click here soon for more information
 

Get in Touch

Thanks for your enquiry!

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.