ABOUT IFWTO

IFWTO is a fashion, crafts & textiles festival presenting the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made works. IFWTO celebrates global Indigenous expression in fashion and the arts and its grounding in Indigenous knowledge, ways of life and storytelling. Led by majority Indigenous women, IFWTO connects audiences to artistic and cultural expression that celebrates and advances Indigenous artists and designers .

IFWTO presents a bienniel festival of Indigenous-made fashion, crafts and textiles in four live runway showcases, 50+ marketplace exhibitors, an art exhibition, hands-on workshops and a panel series.

Recent News...

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto returns to Harbourfront Centre for the second biennial event May 28-31, 2020. The Runway Program will take place at a larger venue, the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, due to the incredible demand at the inaugural event in 2018. A focus on cultural, intergenerational and artistic exchange at IFWTO 2020 will bring together 23 designers …

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.