Haus Of Dizzy
Kristy Dickinson's bold and creative style oozes throughout her brand, Haus Of Dizzy. Hand-making her pieces in her Melbourne Studio, Dickinson's designs are now stocked everywhere from the Museum of Contemporary Art to The Iconic and the brand counts Lauren Hill and Drew Barrymore as firm fans. Self-titled the "Queen of Bling", Dickinson's statement pieces are instantly recognisable and feature phrases such as "always was and always will be" and "Faboriginal".
Inspired by the 2018 NAIDOC Week theme “Because of Her, We Can,” Tahnee Edwards launched her online store with a “Respect the Blak Matriarchy” tee (worn by Indigenous actress Miranda Tapsell at the 2019 Invasion Day rally). A descendant of the Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Boonwurrung and Mutti Mutti nations, Edwards designs have grown to feature empowering slogans such as “Blak Girl Magic” and "Sistahood".
Nancy Pattison, a Dunghutti woman, grew up near the saltwater of the NSW North Coast in South West Rocks, making it unsurprising she was inspired to create a swimwear label in 2015. Named after her daughter, Indii, the brand mixes Aboriginal-inspired design with soft earthy tones, drawing inspiration from the native ‘Flannel’ flower that grows along the coast. The brand also uses Indigenous models, entrepreneurs and photographers to provide more opportunity.
As a Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta woman, Lyn-Al Young uses her designs as a reminder of the importance of connecting with and honouring her heritage. Each piece she creates is founded on the tree carvings and symbolic markings, waterways, totems/animal life, and landscapes of her four ancestral lands. "My hope is that every person wearing one of my designs will sense the spirit of Walumarra Nungurra (protection and peace)", she says.
Kirrikin Australia produces luxury resort wear featuring the artwork of contemporary Indigenous artists from around Australia. The stunning artworks are digitally printed onto sustainable fabrics to create unique and ethical garments. The brand personally sources each artist to carefully curate the ranges, providing platforms to some of Australia's most talented creatives. The purchase of each piece is then directly returned to the featured Indigenous Australian artist involved in the design.
North is an organisation and clothing label that makes pieces using hand screen printed fabrics and prints sourced from art centres in Indigenous communities. The aim is to contribute meaningfully to the preservation of pride and independence among Indigenous artists while broadening the exposure and availability of their historically important artworks.
Founded by Julie Shaw, a Yuwaalaraay woman from NSW, MAARA Collective is a luxury resort wear line embracing and celebrating Indigenous fashion and lifestyle. Working with Indigenous artists and artisans, drawing inspiration from Country, the label offers up a contemporary lifestyle brand with a fashion-forward aesthetic. The Resort ‘20 Collection, produced in collaboration with Bula’bula Art Centre of N/E Arnhem Land, debuted at the Darwin Art Fair as part of the ‘From Country to Couture’ runway show.
Clothing The Gap
Clothing The Gap is an Aboriginal owned social enterprise offering up fresh and dynamic designs that celebrate Aboriginal people and culture, with 100 percent of profits actively supporting health and education programs through Victoria. The brand is a play on words on "Closing the Gap", an Australian Government health initiative to help close the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal people and non-Indigenous Australians.