Call for Models

Call for Models

DEADLINE: APRIL 13, 2018
SEEKING ALL SIZES & GENDERS

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a four-day multi-platform festival of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles launching May 31-June 3, 2018, challenging mainstream perceptions of Indigenous people and culture, which are often stereotyped, commodified or exploited. IFWTO is led by Indigenous women, offering audiences an authentic, accessible opportunity to connect with Indigenous artists and celebrate cultural expression.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto will host four live runway showcases that will take place over four days. We are seeking 10 – 20 models for these runway showcases with performance experience, including dance and acting, to work with 23 Indigenous fashion designers. Hired models will be invited to perform in 1 – 4 of the runway showcases.

Models will work under the direction of IFWTO Artistic Director, as per the larger collective vision of all showcased designers. Hair & Make-up will be provided and shoes might be requested to be provided models.

Event Dates: May 31- June 3, 2018
Location Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
Compensation: $200.00 (honourarium, subject to change)

 

NOTE: IFWTO is unable to provide travel, accommodation or travel

 

Female Model requirements:

  • Indigenous models, dancers & actors (for runway) prioritized however ethnicity is open
  • Height Range: 5’6″ – 6’1
  • Dress Sizes US 6 – 16
  • Runway walking experience (including through dancing and acting)
  • Minimum age 18 and up
  • There will be 1 fitting and 1 event rehearsal

Male Models: Please contact us directly about opportunities with the below application information

APPLY BY EMAIL apply@IFWtoronto.com

  • 1 headshot photo
  • 3 full length photos (including front, side and back perspectives)
  • List experience: 3 – 5 runway engagements, or dance, acting and other performance experience
  • Specs & Measurements in Inches (Age, Height, Bust, Waist, Hips, Arm Length, Leg Inseam, Waist to Floor, Shoe Size, Hat Size)

Only those requested for a casting call will be contacted

IFWTO Announces 2018 Designers

IFWTO Announces 2018 Designers

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2018 · Please add to your listings/announcements

The Inaugural
INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO
May 31 – June 3, 2018
Announces 2018 Designers including
Lesley Hampton • Helen Oro •
Sho Sho Esquiro • Dorothy Grant

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) is proud to announce the line-up of Indigenous artists and designers presenting their work at the inaugural event, taking place from May 31 – June 3, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre. IFWTO will showcase some of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous fashion, textiles and craft from Canada, the US and Greenland, with a spotlight on the far north.

The Indigenous artists and designers presenting live runway shows at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto include: evening-wear designer Lesley Hampton; beader and accessory designer Helen Oro; haute couture fashion designer Sho Sho Esquiro, known for her mix of fabric, furs, skins, shells and beadwork; and Dorothy Grant, who combines Haida art with classic clothing design.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto live runway showcases will take place over four days and are inspired by the traditional seasons of the moon: New Moon recognizes spring and birth, this show will create space for new work and foster emerging artists; Berry Moon celebrates summer and pow wow season, and will feature traditionally inspired work and regalia of the future; Frost Moon enters the winter months and will showcase Inuk street style from Nunavut and Greenland and high Dene fashion featuring seal fur, vibrant colour and bone; and Harvest Moon, a time of year to gather and prepare for the winter months, is an intergenerational honouring of matriarchs, with designs that recognize the vitality of stories and teachings passed through generations.

Our community is bursting at the seams with new works in fashion, craft and textiles, and we are proud to be recognizing their artistry at the first Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. This year’s program of artists and designers represent the diversity of design, expression and tradition from nations across North America and Greenland.”– Sage Paul, Artistic Director, IFWTO

The artists and designers under each Moon Showcase include:

New Moon: Thursday, May 31: Lesley Hampton, Evan Ducharme, Warren Steven Scott, Janelle Wawia, Sugiit Lukx Designs (Yolanda Skelton), Meghann O’Brien

Berry Moon: Friday, June 1: Catherine Blackburn, Mi’kmaq Design (Ingrid Brooks), Helen Oro Designs, Niio Perkins Designs, Timeless Shadows Apparel (Tracey Heese), Injunuity (Cheryl & Carissa Copenace)

Harvest Moon: Saturday, June 2: Dorothy GrantDelina White, Artifaax (Denise Brillon), The Chinimiwin Collective

Frost Moon: Sunday, June 3: Nuuk Couture, Sho Sho Esquiro, Hinaani Design, Victoria Kakuktinniq, Tania Larsson, and Crystal Worl

More information about these designers and collections can be found here: IFWtoronto.com/program.

Additional programming details and the Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a four-day multi-platform festival of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles launching May 31-June 3, 2018. IFWTO     celebrates the beauty and vitality of contemporary Indigenous expression and its connection to Indigenous knowledge and ways of life. IFWTO is led by Indigenous women, offering audiences an authentic, accessible opportunity to connect with Indigenous artists and celebrate cultural expression.

IFWTO acknowledges the support of Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, British Council, Harbourfront Centre, Ryerson University and supporting partners.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto
May 31 – June 3, 2018
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Ticket Sales and Workshop Registration will open April 2018
www.ifwtoronto.com

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IFWTO Announces Trade & Consumer Marketplace

IFWTO Announces Trade & Consumer Marketplace

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2018 · Please add to your listings/announcements

INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO
Announces Trade & Consumer Marketplace
Fashion • Textiles • Craft
June 2 and 3, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre

The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) is excited to announce over 40 exhibitors who will showcase their Indigenous-made work at the Trade & Consumer Marketplace on June 2 and 3, 2018. Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto takes place May 31 – June 3, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre, presenting the most distinct and progressive Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and craft.

The IFWTO Trade & Consumer Marketplace exhibitors include: Cheekbone Beauty, Indigenous made cosmetics; La Petite Sauvagesse, contemporary Haudenosaunee designs for body and home; Mad Aunty, laser cut jewelry by artist and designer Joi T. Arcand; Manitobah Mukluks, authentic Aboriginal Mukluks, Moccasins and accessories; Chippewar, art and apparel by multimedia artist Jay Soule; Ken’niwá:’a, a modern children’s brand; Victoria’s Arctic Fashion, traditional northern garments with a modern flair; Running Fox Beads, Sailor Jerry style beaded patches by Skye Paul; Jennifer Younger, jewellery featuring unique carving techniques and innovative material finishes; Chinimiwin Collective, textile artists focused on reclamation of identity; Niio Perkins, Native American beadwork; and Born in the North, multidisciplinary designs by Christopher and Gregory Mitchell.

Admission to the Trade & Consumer Marketplace in the Lakeview Market at Harbourfront Centre is free. The full list of exhibitors can be found here, with more to be announced in the coming weeks: IFWtoronto.com/marketplace

In addition to the wide array of exhibitors the Trade & Consumer Marketplace will host The Designer Showroom in Harbourfront Centre’s West Corridor Bays, June 1 – 3, 2018. The Designer Showroom will include some runway designers from IFWTO showcasing and selling their work to industry and fans alike. 

The Trade & Consumer Marketplace includes the Original Makers Space, which seeks to address the lack of access and representation of older women in the workplace. The Original Makers Space, supported by Ryerson University, is a drop-in site where elders are invited to work on their own designs, sell their pieces if they choose, and socialize.

The Trade & Consumer Marketplace features work by young and emerging designers who incorporate traditional techniques into their contemporary work with pop sensibilities, as well as traditional designers who are sustaining Indigenous language, stories and skills passed on through the generations using beads, quills, fur, leather and other traditional materials.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a four-day multi-platform festival of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles launching May 31-June 3, 2018, challenging mainstream perceptions of Indigenous people and culture, which are often stereotyped, commodified or exploited. IFWTO is led by Indigenous women, offering audiences an authentic, accessible opportunity to connect with Indigenous artists and celebrate cultural expression.

IFWTO acknowledges the support of Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, British Council, Harbourfront Centre, Ryerson University and supporting partners

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto
May 31 – June 3, 2018
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Runway Tickets are on sale now at
harbourfrontcentre.com/ifwto2018
www.ifwtoronto.com

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Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto Announces 2018 Dates and Call for Applications

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto Announces 2018 Dates and Call for Applications

For immediate release: November 1, 2017

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto presents the most distinct and progressive Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and craft for Indigenous and non-Indigenous industry and consumers. Live Showcase (Runway) and Marketplace applications are being accepted until January 1, 2018.

Toronto, ON – The first Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto launches May 31-June 3, 2018 co-produced by and taking place at Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto. IFWTO is seeking live showcase and marketplace submissions, the application deadline is January 1, 2018. Eligible applicants are Indigenous fashion, craft and textile artists and designers based in Canada, the US, and internationally, whose work explores or includes the deep and ongoing connections between mainstream fashion, Indigenous art and narrative, and ancient and traditional practices.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is Indigenous-led and committed to the advancement and empowerment of Indigenous artists and designers, connecting them and their work to diverse audiences and industry. IFWTO is a four-day festival founded to create space by and for Indigenous artists, to grow an Indigenous economy and to present authentic expression of Indigenous culture through fashion, craft and textiles. IFWTO programming includes at least 60% women.

Fashion, craft and textiles are an undeniable and accessible medium for the global movement by Indigenous artists. For live showcases at IFWTO, applications by Indigenous artists, on or off-reserve, of all artistic levels will be considered. IFWTO is particularly interested in works that challenge perceptions of and celebrate Indigenous people and culture with integrity and innovation. IFWTO will work closely with all selected artists and designers to ensure excellence, respect and proper protocols in the presentation, dissemination and exportation of their work.

IFWTO’s goal is to amplify global Indigenous narratives and to grow an Indigenous economy. At Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto 2018, 30+ artists will be presented in live showcases, 100 exhibitors will be presented in the marketplace, including a designer showroom, and 20 artists and thought leaders will speak in panels and lectures. Additionally, artists and community will have the opportunity to attend a curated exhibition and participate in intensive, pre-registered hands-on workshops.

Artist Registration for Runway and Marketplace:

APPLY & GUIDELINES: IFWtoronto.com/apply

DEADLINE: January 1, 2018

FEE: $20 per application

Tickets & Packages:

Tickets and festival package sales will be announced in early 2018

More Info: www.IFWtoronto.com

ABOUT INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a four-day festival of Indigenous-made fashion, textiles and craft, taking place from May 31-June 3, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto.  IFWTO is a live, multi-platform public event that offers industry audiences the opportunity to connect with Indigenous cultural expression through fashion, craft and textiles.  IFWTO will present Indigenous artists from across Canada and the US, as well as international guests, whose work will explore the deep and ongoing connection between contemporary fashion, Indigenous art, and ancient and traditional practices.

MEDIA & GENERAL INQUIRIES

Sage Paul

info@IFWtoronto.com

Runway Tickets, Workshop Registration & Marketplace Artists Announced

Runway Tickets, Workshop Registration & Marketplace Artists Announced

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RUNWAY TICKETS

$25 Regular Admission
$15 Student/Seniors/Underemployed
Save 10% when you purchase tickets to all four shows
Free: panels, lectures, marketplace, art exhibit

May 31, 8PM: New Moon
June 1, 8PM: Berry Moon
June 2, 8PM: Harvest Moon
June 3, 5PM: Frost Moon

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WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

RAVENSTAIL WEAVING WORKSHOP / $230

Facilitator: Meghan O’Brienn (Haida/Kwakwaka’wakw)
2-day workshop to learn the basics of thigh spinning with merino wool. Weave a medicine bag while growing to understand the history and meanings behind selected patterns and iconography.

10 SPOTS AVAILABLE

REGISTER NOW

 

 

 

NAVAJO RUG WEAVING / $362

3-day workshop: Learn the art of weaving from Master Navajo Weaver, Barbara Teller Ornelas, originally from Two Grey Hills and Newcomb, New Mexico, and her sister Lynda Teller Pete. Listen to family weaving stories and weave a 6.5” x 8.5” rug.

15 SPOTS AVAILABLE

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INTRO TO APPLIED BEADING / $100

1-day workshop: Contemporary artist Catherine Blackburn (Dene) will lead participants through a one-day beading workshop. Participants will learn the basics using the two-thread application technique as well as finishing details, including backing and edging your work.

10 SPOTS AVAILABLE

REGISTER NOW

 

BLACK WALNUT DYEING WORKSHOP / $225

 

A 2-day dyeing workshop with Carola Jones (North Carolina Toisnot Tuscarora) using black walnuts in immersion dyeing to create a range of colours from warm browns to black, as well as healing medicine. Participants will complete a specific set of samples that illustrate the range of possible colours using different ways of manipulating fabric.

(photo shows black walnut & indigo dyed textile)

10 SPOTS AVAILABLE

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TRADE & CONSUMER MARKETPLACE

The First Annual INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO

The First Annual INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO

Fashion • Textiles • Craft
May 31 – June 3, 2018

For Immediate Release: March 08, 2018 · Please add to your listings/announcements

The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) takes place May 31 – June 3, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre, presenting the most distinct and progressive Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and craft. IFWTO launches with runway showcases, a curated exhibition, panels and lectures, hands-on workshops, and a market place, including works by 75% Indigenous women artists and a Far North Spotlight with delegations travelling from Nunavut and Greenland.

Founded by Dene artist, designer and innovative leader Sage Paul, Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is committed to presenting and exporting Indigenous-made works for the advancement and empowerment of Indigenous artists and designers.

Indigenous fashion can redefine mainstream fashion and art: our fashion illustrates our stories, traditions, sovereignty and resiliency.” says Sage Paul, Artistic Director. “IFWTO is about carving out space for Indigenous fashion, craft and textiles and we are thrilled to be presenting Indigenous artists and their works from across Canada, the USA and Greenland this Spring.”

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto live runway showcases will include 23 Indigenous artists and designers from across Canada, USA and Greenland, including men’s and women’s wear, streetwear, avant garde, traditional regalia, jewellery and craft.

The IFWTO lectures and panels will provide opportunity for all audiences to understand Indigenous fashion, including Indigenous Dyes & Fibres, Storytelling & Symbolism in Textiles & Design, Cultural (In)Appropriation, Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Indigenous Fashion Futurisms. Panelists and lecturers will include Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, designers, arts and fashion industry, academics and thought leaders.

The multi-day, hands-on workshops at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto will include Indigo Dyeing (Tuscarora Nation), Black Walnut Dyeing (Tuscarora Nation), Navajo Rug Weaving, and Beading for Beginners (Dene Nation). The Trade & Consumer Market Place will feature over 40 vendors in Indigenous fashion, food, cosmetics, lifestyle, craft, textiles and more.

 

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto programming details and schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a four-day multi-platform festival of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles launching May 31-June 3, 2018, challenging mainstream perceptions of Indigenous peoIple and culture, which are often stereotyped, commodified or exploited. IFWTO is led by Indigenous women, offering audiences an authentic, accessible opportunity to connect with Indigenous artists and celebrate cultural expression.

 

Major supporters of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto are Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, British Council and Ryerson University.

 

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto

May 31 – June 3, 2018

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Ticket Sales and Workshop Registration will open April 1

www.ifwtoronto.com

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