Curtis Oland at International Fashion Showcase/2019

IFWTO produces Curtis Oland’s commissioned work Delicate Tissue at the 2019 International Fashion Showcase (IFS), the British Council biennale exhibition during London Fashion Week at Somerset House. Oland is one of sixteen designers selected by a curatorial team to exhibit at IFS and the first Indigenous designer from Canada to be exhibited. 



The International Fashion Showcase (IFS) nurtures and presents work from the most exciting fashion talent from around the world. Working in partnership, British Council, British Fashion Council, London College of Fashion and Somerset House provide a tailored programme for 16 emerging international designers, including a business development programme lead by London College of Fashion and a creative residency within Somerset House Studios in London. IFS will culminate with a free public exhibition during London Fashion Week, 11-25 February 2019 at Somerset House, showcasing the work developed by the designers in a compelling series of installations exploring urgent issues and new ideas that are shaping fashion globally.

“what we wear, links us: to the spirit, to the land, and to each other” - Curtis Oland

"Our bodies are temporal, privy to the ebb and flow of time and space. What we take – and give – to the land is a sacred, spiritual exchange. Natural hues and raw textures, a juxtaposition of delicate and structured silhouettes, a celebration of material and a diversified collaboration between nations strive to remind us that what we wear links us: to the spirit, to the land, and to each other."
Curtis Oland

Curtis Oland

Curtis Oland is part of an Indigenous fashion movement. Raised in western Canada, his memories of its mountainous landscape are a continual source of inspiration. Curtis trained at Ryerson University and won the Emerging Menswear Designer Award at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week in 2017. His work often focuses on the use of raw and organic materials and his installation offers visitors a spiritual and meditative experience, drawing on communal and ancestral knowledge to inform his practice.


Creative Team

Designer – Curtis Oland
Producers – Sage Paul & Kerry Swanson
Designer’s Conceptual Partner – Tiffany Creyke
Jewellery Design – Jennifer Younger
Video Producers – Nyla Innuksuk & Ksenia Stassiouk
Video Performance Artist – Jeneen Frei Njootli
Composed by Cris Derksen featuring Jennifer Kreisberg, mixed by Ziibiiwan


Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO)
High Commission of Canada in the UK


This project was financially possible with the generous support of: