We are currently seeking applications from artists and designers for runway and marketplace *** MODELS & TALENT – A casting call will be sent out in late 2019/early 2020. Please join our mailing list to receive the call: www.ifwtoronto.com/mailing-list***
Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto presents Indigenous-made/designed fashion, crafts and textiles in runways, curated exhibitions, artist talks, panels, lectures, hands-on workshops, and a marketplace for all audiences.
Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is Indigenous-led and committed to becoming a leader in the dissemination and exportation of Indigenous-made works for the advancement and empowerment of Indigenous artists and designers, connecting them and their work to Canadian and international audiences, festivals, buyers, retailers, curators and institutes.
IFWTO programs 60% or more Indigenous women artists and their works in fashion, textiles and crafts. All self-identified Indigenous artists and exhibitors from across Canada and around the world are invited to apply to exhibit in runway and marketplace. Emerging, mid-career and established aritsts and designers are equally considered for programming.
IFWTO accepts applications of fashion, crafts or textiles of any style. Your application does not guarantee inclusion in Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.
We use the words artist and designer interchangeably. All artists exhibited in runway, art exhibition, workshops and/or panels are paid artist fees by IFWTO based on CARFAC minimum fee schedule.
Selected works for the runway program are selected based on artistic merit, innovative vision, technicality and skill, impacts for the artist and audiences and overall cohesion to IFWTO vision.
Selected works for the marketplace are based on artistic merit, technicality and skill, impact for the artist, retail readiness, potential interest by fashion industry, audience demand and opportunity to challenge audiences and overall cohesion to IFWTO vision.
In certain programs, such as a “spotlight” program, an artist may be solicited or curated for a program. Solicited and curated artists are selected by the Artistic Director and sometimes a guest curator and/or advisor(s). These selections are in line with a specific curatorial vision.
IFWTO is committed to managing a transparent selection process and presenting a high level of excellence in our programming, maintaining artistic integrity that mutually benefits programmed artists, IFWTO and our audiences. IFWTO prioritizes new fashion, crafts and textiles works. Priority may be given to works that have not yet been presented nationally in Canada, provincially in Ontario, or locally in Toronto. Due to high submission volumes and the limited runway and/or marketplace spots, the selection committee may choose to prioritize works by an Indigenous designer that has not yet had the opportunity of a public presentation or, for runway, focuses on artistic expression and beyond commercial fashion.
Runway and Marketplace selections are made by a selection committee through an organized juried process. The selection committee is comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous administrators and/or artists working in arts, fashion and/or culture, including IFWTO employees. The selection committee is formed and led by the Artistic Director.
Decisions are made by consensus, with considerable thought and discussion during deliberations. If a designer is not selected, it is not a comment on individual achievements, relationships, or the artistic value of the work. In addition to eligibility terms and artistic policies, the selection process must also consider available runway/marketplace slots, scheduling, thematic arcs, and representing the diversity of artistic and cultural perspectives from Indigenous nations in Canada and around the world.
In 2018 we received over 130 submissions. The process of accepting and declining works is necessary, but emotional, for everyone involved and we understand how difficult it can be to receive such news. While discussions of the selection committee in deliberations are confidential, we greatly appreciate feedback on our processes and in return are pleased to suggest alternative runway or marketplace strategies for your work beyond the official IFWTO program.
We pay close attention to potential conflicts of interest (direct and indirect) to ensure a transparent jury process. When there is any question of conflict, a discussion and objective decision is made for whether a selection committee member can judge an application to guarantee fair judging of all applicants. However, given our small but growing community of Indigenous designers, we believe we cannot disadvantage Indigenous artists who give their time to IFWTO by excluding them from artistic presentation opportunities, which is determined without their input or influence. Sometimes these applicants are eligible to submit their work to IFWTO; however, they do not influence programming decisions. In cases where their work is being considered, they are not present for programming discussions and decisions about their work, nor do they have input into the scheduling of it.
A direct conflict of interest occurs when a juror or their immediate family member (spouse or partner, parent, child, sibling, or member of their immediate household) will benefit financially from the success of an application. Indirect conflicts of interest occur when some factor makes it difficult for a juror to evaluate an application objectively and will be made apparent on a case by case basis.
To maintain public confidence in our jury process, we have outlined our practices and policies that ensure all applications are considered fairly even if an applicant is not successful. In considering conflict of interest, we identify direct, indirect, and perceived conflicts, and we manage them individually.
$20 – Showcase & Runway
$20 – Marketplace
$40 – Both, Showcase & Runway and Marketplace
Artist Fees are paid to artists/designers programmed in runway, art exhibition, workshops and panels. Fees are calculated based on CARFAC minimum fee schedule and are paid to successful applicants and curated/solicited artists/designers.
Marketplace Exhibitors do not receive artist fees. The marketplace is juried but is not artistic programming. The Marketplace is an economic and industry development initiative.
Harbourfront Centre provides the following to its exhibitors:
For more than 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has been on the cutting edge of all that is current and creative, bringing together the best in both Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from within our country and around the world.
Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre is a dynamic axis point for contemporary expression in Canada and an integral part of the country’s largest public multi-disciplinary arts complex.
Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto will have an undeniable presence across Harbourfront Centre presenting in most of their spaces. With Harbourfront Centre, we are excited to present a festival of high quality that fosters and amplifies presented artists in all programming.
Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a four-day festival of Indigenous-made fashion, textiles and craft, taking place late spring at Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto for industry and audiences. We present artists at all levels of their practice, whose work expresses or challenges the deep and ongoing connection between contemporary fashion, Indigenous art and ancient and traditional practices. Additional educational and development components will include artist talks, panels, lectures and hands-on workshops.
INSTRUCTIONS – 4 step process. Each step must be completed for your application form to be reviewed
1. Read the Guidelines
2. Complete the Runway Application AND / OR Market Place Application
3. Email photos or sketches of your work
4. Pay your application fee(s)