ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, FOUNDER
Sage Paul is an urban Dene woman and a member of English River First Nation. Based in Toronto, Sage is an artist and innovative leader for Indigenous fashion, craft and textiles, championing family, sovereignty and resistance for balance.
Sage is Founder and Artistic Director of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. In 2017, Sage received the Design Exchange RBC Emerging Designer Award in the fashion category, was recognized by FLARE Magazine in their #HowIMadeIt campaign celebrating 100+ talented, ambitious and driven Canadian women and was honoured by the Ontario Ministry of the Status of Women as a trailblazing woman transforming Ontario.
Sage has presented on Indigenous fashion, including on cultural appropriation at Canada House (London, UK), University of Johannasburg, The Walrus Magazine, Ryerson University, Brock University, Toronto Women’s Fashion Week and South Africa Fashion Week. Some of Sage's art and design has shown at the Royal Ontario Museum, The Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design (North Carolina, USA), and a curated program at Western Canada Fashion Week by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective.
Sage loves costume designing for film and theatre, including production as Costume Designer for her first feature film in 2018, and is currently working on two personal fashion-based projects: Giving Life and the Mint Sweater Project.