Indigenous Fashion Week will be taking over Toronto this spring

Sep 6 2019, 12:54 pm

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto will be returning to the Harbourfront Centre this spring.

From May 28 to 41, the event will bring together several designers and artists of diverse artistic disciplines, ages and cultures in four runway shows.

There will also be over 50 marketplace exhibitors, an art exhibit at the Harbourfront Centre Artport Gallery, a lecture series, and hands-on workshops.

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This year there will be 23 Canadian and international Indigenous artists and designers presenting their designs in fashion, textiles, and crafts during the runway shows.


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“Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is proud to announce a program of traditional and contemporary garments, crafts and textile works that show Indigenous fashion at the exciting intersection of mainstream fashion, Indigenous art and traditional culture,” says Sage Paul, artistic director.

“The programmed runway artists and designers are diverse and individually unique in vision, style, skill, and form. They have created beautiful collections of garments, accessories and jewellery that carry cultural continuity in their artistic creation and presentation and promote the economic development of our communities that I think will insightfully captivate audiences.”


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The four-day multi-platform festival will feature some of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft, and textiles, challenging mainstream perceptions of Indigenous people and culture, which are often stereotyped, commodified, or exploited.

Full programming details and event schedule will be announced in the coming weeks on the IFWTO website.

Indigenous Fashion Week

When: May 28 to 31, 2020
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West