Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto  is thrilled to announce 23 Canadian and International Indigenous artists and designers who will present new designs in fashion, textiles and craft during four live runway presentations. Some of the selected designers include: political streetwear brand Section 35; Philippines weaving social enterprise Kandama; renowned visual and craft artist Amy Malbeuf; beading and tanning social enterprise Tania Larsson, who is also a founder of Dene Nahjo Urban Hide Tanning Camp; and Victoria’s Arctic Fashion, who recently presented an Inuit couture collection at Paris Fashion Week

Tania Larsson

Amy Malbeuf


IFWTO 2020 Runway is curatorially underscored by the interconnectedness through and to water. The IFWTO Selections Committee recognizes mainstream and Indigenous fashion as it relates to climate seasons that correspond to the land, water, harvests and moon. Seasons occur and change, in part, due to the tidal force of the moon on the waters. Water is a vital resource and is sacred for Indigenous people around the world. It is protected and nurtured by women and carries metaphorical and literal connections to blood and life. In relation to fashion, both Indigenous and mainstream, water is an undeniable resource and life force that must be protected and nurtured.

The Opening Night Runway presentation at IFWTO on May 28, 2020 will showcase those creating fashion as a form of protest for the protection of water, land, people and culture. This program, titled “TU GH’EH NAH (Water is Life)” will include Section 35SkawennatiIndi City, Miss Chief Rocka and Mobilize Waskawewin.

Maru Creations

Victoria’s Arctic Fashion

Lesley Hampton

Water covers over 70% of the earth’s surface. Since time immemorial, the great oceans have acted as both barrier and bridge to connecting peoples around the globe. The Global Program on May 29, 2020 celebrates water as a bridge for exchange, highlighting our interconnectedness as Indigenous peoples through the presentation of designers from Canada and beyond. This program, titled “TU CHO (Big Water)” will present Tradara (Australia), Celeste Pedri-Spade (Canada), Designs by Della (USA), Kandama (Philippines), Warren Steven Scott (Canada) and Maru Creations (New Zealand).

Rivers and streams are the veins of the earth, integral to sustaining life on land. The “TU GH’EG TL’E’TH (Streams)” program on May 30, 2020 will present Margaret JacobsLouise Solomon of Hand of SolomonVictoria’s Arctic FashionAmy MalbeufCurtis OlandTania Larsson and Evan Ducharme – designers that present works materially and conceptually rooted in that connection.


Section 35

The Closing Night Program on May 31, 2020 will honour and celebrate womxn as water carriers. Foregrounding IFTWO‘s mandate to program over 50% Indigenous womxn designers, the “TU GH’EL T’ILHN (Water Carriers)” program will include contemporary collections by  Pasapa, Ay Lelum – The Good House of DesignBobby Itta DesignsAngela DeMontigny & Jason Baerg, Anne Mulaire and Lesley Hampton.

“Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is proud to announce a program of traditional and contemporary garments, craft and textile works that show Indigenous fashion at the exciting intersection of mainstream fashion, Indigenous art and traditional culture,” says Sage Paul, Artistic Director. “The programmed runway artists and designers are diverse and individually unique in vision, style, skill and form. They have created beautiful collections of garments, accessories and jewellery that carry cultural continuity in their artistic creation and presentation and promote the economic development of our communities that I think will insightfully captivate audiences.”

Additional Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto programming details and complete schedule will be announced in 2020, including special programs, marketplace, art exhibit, workshops and panels. Join our mailing list to receive the announcement to your email address: IFWtoronto.com/mailing-list

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a four-day 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
May 28 – 31, 2020
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Ticket Sales will open Spring 2020

Workshop Announcements and Registration will open Winter 2019/2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 8-9:30PM: TU GH’EH NAH (Water Is Life)
Friday, May 29, 2020, 8:00PM – 9:30PM: TU CHO (Big Water)
Saturday, May 30, 2020 8:00PM – 9:30PM: TU GH’EG TL’E’TH (Water Streams)
Sunday, May 31, 2020, 4:00PM – 5:30PM: TU GH’EL T’ILHN (Water Carriers)


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Major supporters of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto are Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, The City of Toronto, Harbourfront Centre and Ryerson University.

Media Contact: Damien Nelson, damien@wantandable.ca