Panels Series

Indigenous Fashion Education
November 28, 2020

Indigenous Fashion Education

Supporting the Next Generation
As a key component of the mainstream fashion system, fashion schools and educators have a unique role in shaping the next generation of fashion leaders. Today many institutions are committing themselves to ‘indigenizing’ their curriculums and repairing relationships with Indigenous students. In this panel, a wide range of activists, educators, scholars and students will discuss their projects and comment on the role that fashion education has in supporting Indigenous design.


Adrienne J. Keene is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. Her research areas include college access, transition, and persistence for Indigenous students.
Ben Barry (he/him) is a fashion educator, scholar and academic leader who is committed to liberation in fashion education and the fashion industry.
Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design.


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