It’s official: The first annual Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is coming to the #6ix this summer and we could not be more excited to celebrate our country’s heritage and talent. The lineup of Indigenous fashion designers and brands was just recently announced and we are shook with the amount of exceptional garments coming from these talented labels. We especially love that so many of these rising stars are creating modern and wearable pieces that still have a strong sense of their heritage.
We don’t need to tell you just how important it is for Canada to begin supporting and celebrating our Indigenous and First Nation peoples, and we think the launch of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a truly exciting step in the right direction.
Keep reading to find out more about the 7 Indigenous fashion designers we can’t wait to see at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto running from May 31-June 3, 2018!
Sho Sho Esquiro
Now Vancouver-based but originally from the Yukon, Sho Sho Esquiro is known for her meticulous attention to detail and use of materials found in the Northern Territories including carp leather, seal skin, lynx fur and floral beadwork. Not only is Sho Sho making waves across the country, but she has also proudly represented Canada in Paris, New York and LA!
Evan Ducharme, who is Metis with ancestral ties to the Cree, Ojibwe, and Saulteaux peoples, explores the Metis identity and creates contemporary pieces that reflect its cultural iconography. We adore Evan’s designs and seriously need to get our hands on these chic overalls, STAT!
Local Toronto gal and Anishinaabe designer, Lesley Hampton is not only known for her statement evening wear, but also for tackling social-cultural issues. We love how she masterfully combines her studio and art history background with her constantly growing technical skills to develop progressive and inspirational collections. Go Lesley!
Known for marrying traditional Haida art to clothing, Dorothy Grant‘s work is super transformative, powerful and of course, beautiful! We love how she takes Haida regalia and adds details like fringe that adds a touch of whimsicality and flair.
This British Columbia-based Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw designer, Meghann O’Brien, takes an innovative approach to the traditional art forms of basketry connecting the rhythms and patterns of the natural world with herself and her ancestors. A full-time weaver since 2010, Meghann uses materials like hand-spun mountain goat wool and cedar bark in her meticulous weavings and baskets that we can’t wait to get our hands on.
Warren Steven Scott
Ryerson Fashion grad and Nlaka’pamux designer, Warren Steven Scott‘s work addresses the ethics of sustainability, heritage, technological innovation, diversity, and social relevance while also being uber chic all at the same time. It’s safe to say that this is a name you’re going to want to remember!
Launched in 2010, Nuuk Couture is all about taking a garment that holds cultural importance and making it wearable as an everyday item so you can always have your heritage with you. With designs that are classic, timeless and seriously elegant, you won’t want to miss out on catching Nuuk at #IFWTO this year.
For more info on Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto please click HERE!
(Story by Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz)