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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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2022 Parade and Marketplace

Shades of sustainability

The exclusive 2022 collection of eco fashion  by NT and guest interstate designers, will be unveiled at the Central Australian Aviation Museum in Alice Springs on Sunday 26 June 2022.

Buy one-off creations from recycled materials by the designers in the Marketplace from 1.30 to 4pm.

View the Parade on the catwalk at 3pm

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Sustainable Couture      Pop-Up Shop 2022

The charming setting of The Residency, a significant heritage site in central Australia, is home to the Sustainable Couture pop-up shop in 2022. Here you can meet the designers, see their work and perhaps fall in love with the original designs and seriously damage your credit card!

Monday 27 June - Sunday 3 July 2022

Venue: The Residency

Corner of Hartley & Parsons Streets, Alice Springs


Sustainable Couture Mentorship Program

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

Details of the 2021 mentorship program and

application forms available soon.

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Image: Sophie Daniels, 2018 Mentorship recipient

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Artists' Trail Adventure

Follow the Artists’ Trail around town and join artists in their studios and/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 will be some public art works with their backstories, as well as funky fences. 

Image: Alice springs Community Garden gates designed & made by J9 Stanton


Say No to Fast Fashion - Workshops at Central Craft
Alice Springs

Sign up for free workshops for youth - 15-25 years, learn different skills each week and Say NO to fast fashion

Thursdays - 27 May, 3 and 10 June 2021

5.30 - 8.30pm

Workshop 1 - Eco dyeing T shirts with Julie Millerick

Workshop 2 - Sew and alter design with Bernice Bristow

Workshop 3 - Stitch and embellish with Anne Stewart

Book here

Venue: Central Craft, Araluen Cultural Precinct

Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs

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