The dissemination of Indigenous-made fashion through media will be an integral part of the emerging movement’s success, but increased visibility has its challenges. Historically, representation and collaboration within the mainstream fashion industry has been accompanied by exploitation, appropriation and theft. Indigenous fashion journalists must confront prior misrepresentations, stereotypical tropes and narratives, while balancing the realities of the newsroom with protecting Indigenous designers, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expression. This panel will explore how a critical and nuanced Indigenous journalism can translate the decolonizing potentials of Indigenous fashion for mainstream audiences.
A writer and journalist based in Toronto, previously from the Six Nations reserve. Kelly’s work has appeared in Elle Canada, Toronto Star, Flare, The Kit, Parade, Vice, Mashable, Chatelaine and NOW Ma
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