All My Relations Ltd. and The City of Vancouver are excited to announce Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week will take place from July 26-29th.
The inaugural event will be held in the Atrium of Queen Elizabeth Theatre and will showcase collections from Indigenous fashion designers from across Canada, presented exclusively by models of First Nation/Métis/Inuit descent and aims to connect all Canadians with contemporary Indigenous regalia that highlights innovation of world class Indigenous artists and designers in traditional Coast Salish territory. The debut event boasts collections from 40 Indigenous designers, with each day consisting of fashion shows where individual designers present their original works to live audiences.
VIFW (Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week) will cultivate a deeper understanding between Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, by providing a framework for enhancing cultural appreciation, Indigenizing business, embracing diversity, providing mentorship, and fostering a deeper sense of understanding between all Canadian peoples.
Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week is the brainchild of its Executive Producer Joleen Mitton. Born and raised in East Vancouver and of Plains Cree, French, and Scottish heritage, Joleen spent 17 years travelling the world as a professional model, shooting campaigns for renowned brands and fashion houses such as Kenzo, Y3, Vivienne Westwood, Lancome, Clinique, L’oreal and more. Although she loved the art of the fashion world, she did not always agree with the industry’s appropriation and un-acknowledgement of Indigenous symbolism and culture and wanted to make a difference. In 2014 she founded All My Relations Ltd. and is dedicated to working with Indigenous communities through social activism and mentorship, using fashion as a platform to connect all peoples with Indigenous values, wisdom, empowerment and history.
For a full list of fashion designers and information on tickets visit: www.IFWVancouver.com
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