Platforms like IFWTO and digital spaces like Instagram offer a degree of sovereignty for Indigenous creatives in fashion. As the mainstream fashion industry shifts to focus on greater diversity, how can the industry ensure these collaborations are respectful? How can Indigenous creatives take leadership positions and maintain agency as they build these relationships? Do Indigenous designers want to work with mainstream platforms and is authentic representation in mainstream fashion just a trend? This panel will share experiences and best practices in collaborations that may shape the future of the global fashion industry.
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