Vancouver is set to host its first ever Indigenous Fashion Week later this month.
The inaugural event kicks off at Larwill Park on July 26 before taking place every evening from July 27 to 29 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The highly-anticipated fashion week is happening as part of this year’s The Drum is Calling Festival, a nine day event highlighting diverse Indigenous arts and culture.
What’s really cool about this event is that all of the fashion shows will feature collections from Indigenous fashion designers and models from across Canada. Each day throughout the four-day event there will be two shows from 5 to 10 pm featuring things like 40 Indigenous designers, storytellers, hosts, and immersive Indigenous art installations from across Canada.
The best part? Each event is completely free to attend. Seriously.
Indigenous Fashion Week is the brainchild of international model Joleen Mitton. Mitton created this bespoke event as a way to celebrate the culture local indigenous fashion designers and artisans embody, helping them to gain global recognition for their incredible work.
Mitton was born in East Vancouver and is proud of her Plains Cree, French, Scottish heritage. At age 15, she began modelling when a Vancouver talent scout pulled her out of a crowd of people at the PNE and she feels extremely fortunate to have succeeded in her career as a model.
Her passion for art, sports, fashion, design, and social justice has lead her to focus on producing Aboriginal fashion shows and basketball tournaments across the city. Additionally, she works with the Aboriginal Urban Butterflies Day Camp -a program for children in foster care, the Mentor Me program for Native girl’s aging out of foster care, and she manages a women’s basketball team, All My Relations.
Mitton recognizes that art and sport have a massive power in transforming and connecting people to their communities. And you’ll be able to see the power of fashion and design during the first-ever Indigenous Fashion Week in the city.
All Indigenous Fashion Week events are free to attend but guests are required to reserve their space online beforehand and to also arrive 30 minutes before the show starts by 5:15 pm – or unclaimed spaces will be released to the general public.
As seating is limited, guests may have to stand on the upper levels of the theatre. Organizers have announced that they will be releasing unclaimed seats to the general public on the evening of each event.
When: July 26, 5 to 10 pm
Where: Larwill Park – 688 Cambie Street and Beatty Streets
When: July 27 – 29, 5 to 10 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobby – 650 Hamilton Street
Price: Free – Register online via Eventbrite
Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of Indigenous Fashion Week