Programs

IFWTO presents a biennial festival of runway showcases, an art exhibition, hands-on workshops, panels & lectures and a trade & consumer marketplace. Our off-season programming includes artistic partnerships, pop-ups and commissions.

ABOUT IFWTO

IFWTO is a multi-platform festival presenting the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles. IFWTO celebrates global Indigenous expression in fashion and the arts and its grounding in Indigenous knowledge, ways of life and storytelling. IFWTO is led by Indigenous women bringing audiences an Indigenous-represented and accessible opportunity to connect with and celebrate Indigenous artists and cultural expression.

(Photo: Catherine Blackburn, featured at IFWTO festival 2018)

Recent News...

Jan. 22, 2019 – London, UK – IFWTO to produce the fashion installation “Delicate Tissue” by Indigenous designer Curtis Oland at London’s Somerset House, as part of the International Fashion Showcase.

SEAL FUR & THE GENERAL USE OF FUR, LEATHER AND BONES

IFWTO supports traditional Indigenous ways of life and practices. This support is vital for the survival and sovereignty of Indigenous cultures, land and people. The use of seal fur and seal meat are fundamental parts of Inuit culture, which we support in its use for health, economic independence and sustainability.

FAQ

When is the next IFWTO?

The next IFWTO will take place in downtown Toronto at Harbourfront Centre, late spring 2020.

Are there any upcoming hands-on or entrepreneurial workshops or panels?

We release all announcements through our mailing list, social media platforms and word of mouth, including special programming like workshops and panels.

How can I show my fashion, crafts or textiles at the next IFWTO?

We select designers through a juried process. We accept applications through a call for submissions from designers. The call is shared through our mailing list, social media platforms and word of mouth.

To receive the call for submissions, join our mailing list

I want to help!

Mahsi cho! We hire a small team before the event and will release a job posting through our mailing list, social media platforms and word of mouth.

We seek volunteers at the same time we release our job postings.

Student interns – please contact us directly info@IFWtoronto.com and let’s talk about how we can support each other.

Can I get a designers package to be in the runway showcase and/or marketplace?

The guidelines and submission forms to apply to IFWTO 2020 will be available on our website March 2019.