Sage Paul

Artistic Director

Sage Paul is an urban Denesuliné tskwe based in Toronto and a member of English River First Nation. Sage is an award-winning artist & designer and a recognized leader of Indigenous fashion, craft and textiles. Her work centres family, sovereignty and resistance for balance. Sage is also founding collective member and Artistic Director of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. 

Her art and design practice is conceptual, creating narrative-driven garments, craft and costume for artistic presentation, fashion, film, TV and theatre. Sage Paul is a sought after and artistically diverse designer; She is creatively curious and informed, with excellent and resourceful craftsmanship. Sage has a strong, broad understanding for how she and her audiences interact with and feel fashion. 

Some of Sage’s art and design has shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday, Harbourfront Centre, The Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design (North Carolina, USA), and a curated program at Western Canada Fashion Week by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective. Most recently, Sage presented her collection “Giving Life” at Festival de Mode & Design (Montreal) and Ohtaapiahki Fashion Week (Calgary). She has designed costumes for artists Kent Monkman, Darlene Naponse, Danis Goulet and worked with companies like Tarragon Theatre, the National Arts Centre, National Film Board and Sonar Entertainment.

Sage is a public speaker exploring the intersection of fashion, art and culture including engagements at Canada House (London, UK), University of Johannasburg, The Walrus Magazine, Ryerson University, Brock University, Toronto Women’s Fashion Week, South Africa Fashion Week and most recently TEDx Toronto.  Sage Paul also teaches Contemporary Indigenous Fashion at George Brown College, sits on the board of director’s for Red Pepper Spectacle Arts and is an advisor for the Ryerson School of Fashion and Urbani_T: Public Playground for Urban Culture and Creativity.

Sage received the Design Exchange RBC Emerging Designer Award (2017) and was recognized as a Woman of Influence (2018), a Change Maker by the Toronto Star (2018), top 100 talented & driven Canadian women by Flare Magazine (2017), a Toronto “cool girl” by Vogue (2018), Toronto Life’s Best Dressed (2019) and was honoured by the Ontario Minister of the Status of Women as a trailblazing woman who is transforming Ontario (2017). In 2019, Sage was nominated for the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design and the Indigenous Arts Award, both at the Ontario Arts Council, and was nominated for the Premier’s Award in Creative Arts & Design.

Sage lives in Toronto and is inspired everyday by her husband, Cliff Cardinal, and their beasts, Frodo and Tiga.