A List Of Australia’s Best Indigenous Fashion Designers To Know About Now

A List Of Australia’s Best Indigenous Fashion Designers To Know About Now

It’s all in the creativity

By Nellie Baker | 20th August 2019

We’ve explored some of Australia’s most-loved Indigenous labels, making waves in the industry for all the right reasons. School-up and read on!

Magpie Goose

Maggie McGowan founder of Magpie Goose, discovered her opportunity to design a new Indigenous brand inspired by her experiences of travelling in remote areas such as the Northern Territory and, we are beyond thankful she did! Her experiences from the community art centres she visited provoked Maggie to create an Indigenous fashion label to connect Aboriginal culture and art to fashion.

Her business has also provided Indigenous locals with job opportunities to work for her label by constructing art such as screen-printing and painting for her garments. If you need a new unique outfit Magpie Goose is a perfect authentic portrayal of the aboriginal art and culture in Australia.


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Want to spice-up your wardrobe? Then this one’s for you! Aboriginal label Lore, was conceived by a strong Indigenous advocate whose dream was to design unique garments to show modern society a positive outlook on her own culture. Fashion Designer behind the label, Shannon Brett beautifully communicated her thoughts through her designs as she wanted to diminish the unfair, misleading thoughts and racism on her Aboriginal culture.

By using a variety of fabrics and drawing upon Indigenous art and stories, Shannon effectively communicates how special and unique her culture is through the help of the fashion world. Lore is known for its colourful prints, textures and statements and by being a brand that never has a dull design!


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Bowie Empire

This youthful, creative, and trendy street wear line, Bowie Empire, was launched by two sisters influenced by their Torres Strait Islander upbringing. Tahlia and Aisha Bowie bring a new scene to Indigenous fashion as both lively sisters are inspired by art, music and culture and aren’t afraid to mix it up with high-end couture ideas. By incorporating their culture into the luxe garments, they create wearable art and an exceptional irreplaceable brand.


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Arkie is all about education. Designed and created in Brisbane, Arkie Barton's purpose is for each of her garments to portray a story of Indigenous culture and to educate her consumers. The label aims to represent a laid back feeling and is a platform for expression which is depicted through the hand-drawn designs. Most garments are seen as extremely vibrant as it’s not only influenced by Indigenous culture but also Australian nature. What two subjects could work better together than culture and nature?


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NORTH the ethical Indigenous fashion label employs Aboriginal artists from the Northern Territory in Art Centres to share their stories and artworks for the brand. The artwork creates distinctive garments while exposing consumers to Indigenous culture. Hand screen-printed fabrics and Aboriginal artworks from the art centres they discover are what makes NORTH so exceptional. If you want to purchase the Aboriginal works of art in a garment form, NORTH is the place to buy from whilst making an ethical choice as well!


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Article by Nellie Baker

Nellie is a writing student who spends more time reading than actually studying. When she’s not watching Gilmore Girls, seeing friends or hunting for another knit sweater, she can be found in her local bookstore purchasing yet another paperback for her to-be-read pile. If you somehow miss her, she can be called back with the promise of a frothy hot chocolate. Just make sure you don’t forget the marshmallows.


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