IFWTO is thrilled to bring its celebrated fashion festival to screen this month, November 26 – 29 with the world premiere of four runway films featuring 16 Indigenous designers, including well-known names and newcomers in Indigenous fashion. An experience of expression and exchange, the film program includes a selection of streetwear, avant garde, day wear, evening wear and traditional collections.
The 2020 runway lineup features a number of anticipated 2020 collections, including the manifestation of Skawennati’s Second Life virtual protest collection Calico and Camoflouge, syllabics as leopard print – sylleopard print – on sneakers and streetwear in the collection Miyo Pimatisiwin by Section 35, the weight and grace of traditional Maori weaving in the collection Whakapapa by Maru Creations, the conceptual story of futuristic clan mothers in Dodem[Clan] by Hand of Solomon and the flattering ready-to-wear women’s collection Yuxwule’ Sul’sul’tun~ Eagle Spindle Whorlby Ay Lelum the Good House of Design.
The 16 designers selected for the 2020 IFWTO runway program hail from three countries, represent 10 different Indigenous nations, over 60% womxn and over 30% 2SLGBTQ+. The designers were selected from nearly 100 applications originally scheduled for a live runway presentation. Each designer entrusted IFWTO to present their work on screen in a way that honours the unity of a live show and celebrates the distinctiveness of each of their works.
The four-day Festival will go live November 26 – 29 at IFWtoronto.com and includes runway film presentations, the IFWTO Marketplace, a preview of the digital art exhibition “A Thread That Never Breaks”, and a series of panel discussions co-presented with Ryerson School of Fashion called “Fashioning Resurgence”.
Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a multi-platform festival of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles, challenging mainstream perceptions of Indigenous people and culture, which are often stereotyped, commodified or exploited. IFWTO is led by majority Indigenous women, offering audiences an authentic, accessible opportunity to connect with Indigenous artists and celebrate cultural expression.
Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto
November 26 – 29, 2020
Online Runway Presentations: 7pm EST nightly, FREE
November 26: Tu Gh’eh Nah (Water is Life)
Miss Chief Rocka / Mobilize / Jason Baerg / Section 35 / Skawennati
November 27: Tu Cho (Lake) – Global Program
Maru Creations / Margaret Jacobs
November 28: Tu Gh’eh Tl’e’th (Streams)
Warren Steven Scott / Curtis Oland / Indi City / Evan Ducharme / Hand of Solomon
November 29: Tu Gh’el T’ilhn (Water Carriers) – Women’s Program
Ay Lelum – The Good House of Design / Anne Mullaire / Lesley Hampton / Celeste Pedri-Spade
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Major supporters of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto are: Canada Council for the Arts,
Indigenous Services Canada, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, City of Toronto, Harbourfront Centre, Inspirit Foundation and Ryerson School of Fashion.
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