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Launched in 2009, Sustainable Couture has been passionate about staging events and creative activities which use recycled materials and at the same time promote Australian art and design and stimulate the global conversation about sustainability, which is a growing challenge across the globe.


Founders, Franca Frederiksen and Philomena Hali have been joined by a growing group of committed designers and volunteers who, together, coordinate and host the group’s annual art and design events and activities which are recognised locally and nationally for their quirkiness, inventive use of surprising materials and engaging approach to the issue of sustainability.



*Photo: Emma Murray, courtesy of Centralian Advocate 2018

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one stitch at a time...

An online launch of Sustainable Couture 2020.- Theme, One Stitch at a Time - showcasing the collections of 12 designers, as well as some special surprise ‘guests’.

Going live 7.30pm (CST) Thursday 3 September


Mentorship Program

Sustainable Couture has tailored a program to support an upcoming local designer to develop their skills and creativity.

Details of next year's program will be announced at the end of September 2020. 

Click here for more information
Click here for application form


Sustainable Couture Mentorship Program

Sustainable Couture offers mentoring opportunities to local upcoming designers which helps support and nurture creative and personal development in fashion design, focusing on sustainability and eco-friendly design.

Sophie Daniels was the recipient of the 2018 Mentorship. 

Details for the 2021 mentorship are available.  Click here for further information.

Image: Sophie Daniels,

2018 Mentorship recipient

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Clothes Swap

With Australians sending tonnes of clothing to landfill every day, it's time to tackle this waste problem at a local level

Rather than simply throwing out good quality clothes and accessories into the bin, swap them and give them another life!

It's simple - Book a spot and fill your suitcase of clothes for swapping and join in the fun

Venue: The Residency (cancelled for 2020)

Corner of Hartley & Parsons Streets


Artists' Trail Adventure

Follow the hosted Artists’ Trail around town and join artists in their studios or/& at their public art installations.  Have a yarn about how they do what they do… see what they’re working on and be inspired. 


Also on the trail, but un-hosted, will be some public art works with their backstories, as well as funky fences. 

Image: Alice springs community Garden gates designed & made by Janine Stanton


Show and Tell

This was a central Australian twist on the BBC’s Antiques Road Show! People brought along favourite hand crafted treasures and shared their stories with interested people over a cuppa. 


Venue: The Residency (cancelled for 2020)

Corner of Hartley & Parsons Streets


Sustainable Couture Pop-Up Shop

The charming setting of The Residency, a significant heritage site in central Australia, is usually home to the Sustainable Couture pop-up shop. Here you can meet the designers, see their work and perhaps, fall in love with the original designs and seriously damage your credit card!

However, not so this year.

But you can ‘visit’ some of the designers’ pop-up shops online.  Go to DESIGNER for individual links and shopping baskets.

Venue: The Residency (online for 2020)

Corner of Hartley & Parsons Streets

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Opening Night Parade & Marketplace

A brilliant night of bold fashion on the runway and an inviting marketplace!


Inside the hangar, over 30 outfits from the designers’ collections were brought to life on the runway. After the show the designers' collections were for sale in the market-place just outside the hangar.

Venue: Central Australian Museum (online for 2020)

Memorial Drive, Alice Springs


Lost and Found Exhibition

Lost and Found Exhibition - Presented by the Sustainable Couture collective and supported by the Alice Springs Town Council featured surprising and innovative objects and materials that had been repurposed and up-cycledl

Participating artists:

Keringke Artists, Tapatjatjaka Artists, Danila Rainow, Carmel Ryan, Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts, Faye Alexander, Glen Woodward, Bronwyn Field, Margy Alexander, Julie Taylor, Jock Morse and Gretel Bull.


Venue: Central Australian Museum (cancelled for 2020)

Memorial Drive, Alice Springs