IFWTO + Edito PAR SIMONS
Collaborative Capsule Collection
Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) has united forces with Simons to create a limited capsule collection with Indigenous artists from communities across Canada. Locally made, these garments in organic cotton and linen allow each artist to create one-of-a-kind collection pieces that showcase their craft, including printed graphics, embroidery, natural dye, appliqué and beadwork.
Anishinaabe/French, Montreal, QC
Digital Graphic Print, Abstract Anishinaabe Floral
Caroline Monnet communicates Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories. Her work underscores the endurance of her culture’s visual language, tracing her roots to her own contemporaneity as a way to describe a dynamic and ever-evolving history.
Métis, Vancouver, BC
Embroidery made in St. Ambroise
Evan Ducharme explores identity and cultural iconography with particular focus on creating images of contemporary Indigeneity, reclamation of Indigenous sexualities, and a commitment to environmentally conscious practices.
Anishinaabe, Rainy River First Nation, ON
Appliqué, Contemporary Anishinaabe Designs
As Injunuity Design Studio, mother and daughter duo Cheryl and Carissa Copenace design womens and mens regalia and day wear, using contemporary applique and traditional beadwork patterns that reflect the strength and resilience of Anishinaabe culture.
Mi’kmaq, Terence Bay, NS
Digital Print, Mi’kmaq Quill Design
Jordan Bennett incorporates a broad range of materials in his works mainly inspired from his interactions with Mi’qmaw porcupine quill designs, baskets, beadwork, clothing and petroglyphs.
Haudenosaunee, Akwesasne, QC
Beadwork, Haudenosaunee Floral Designs
Niio Perkins honours tradition and skill passed down through generations of the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse), sustaining a legacy of cultural expression through design.
Gwich’in, Yellowknife, NWT
Natural Dye, Local Red Ochre
Tania Larsson designs contemporary, northern Indigenous adornment based on Gwich’in culture, created with land-based materials like leather, fur and bone. Tania’s understanding of history and culture is applied throughout her artistic work.
Anishinaabe, Sudbury, ON
Appliqué, Woodland Floral Design
Tracy Toulouse (Ojibway) features Woodland storytelling motifs in her contemporary designs using applique, bead, quill, antler, bone, fur, and ribbon work. Tracy’s designs reinforce the Indigenous spirit and its connection to the land.
Nlaka’pamux, Toronto, ON
Lasercut Acrylic, Abstract Formline Art
Warren Steven Scott bridges the Western concept of luxury fashion with his ancestral worldview on ethics, craft, and aesthetic sensibility. Scott’s approach to design pictures a modern image of fashion through an Indigenous lens.
© 2020 All rights reserved to the artists. Reproduction or replication of the artworks in this collection, in part or in full, is forbidden unless authorized by the artist.
Designer: Margaret Jacobs