Colours, Materials and Symbols
The Visual Language of Fashion
Fashion is a rich and complex visual language that communicates meaning. Indigenous fashion embodies our diverse cultural values with aesthetic codes that are intimately known by community members but often falsely represented by the mainstream industry. Indigenous fashion expression employs colours, materials, and symbols through repetition, abstraction, and multi-dimensionality, to ultimately communicate meaning that ensures our survival. This panel explores how and why this language is relevant in today’s global fashion community and its connection to both commercial and artistic fashion.
Riley Kucheran is an Assistant Professor of Design Leadership at Ryerson University’s School of Fashion and is also Associate Director of the Saagajiwe Centre for Indigenous Research and Creation