Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week

Showcasing the power and beauty of authentic Indigenous art and design.

NOV 28 – DEC 2, 2022

QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE

 

Media Release

Red Dress

Nov 28, 2022
8-10 PM

 

Join us for the opening night of VIFW 2022. Dress in red to remember and celebrate our resilience and strength, and to honour our missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit members of our communities.

Designers
Dorothy Grant
Rhonda Johnson
Candice Stevens (Rez Candy Shoppe)
Ingrid Brooks
Yolonda Skelton

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All My Relations

Nov 29, 2022
7-10 PM

 

On our second evening, designers from across Turtle Island show up and show out! Traditional practices mix with contemporary aesthetics in the magnificent pieces from emerging and established Indigenous designers.

Designers
Danielle Morsette
Osamuskwasis Roan
Stephanie Gamble
Heather Bouchier
Orlando Dugi
Catherine Blackburn / Melanie LeBlanc
Sho Sho Esquiro

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Indigenous Future

Nov 30, 2022
7-10 PM

 

Indigenous Futurism advocates for Indigenous sovereignty. At the intersection of Indigenous artistic practice, contemporary storytelling, and pop culture, we shape a future of our own that centres Indigenous ways of being and knowing, and Indigenous joy!

Designers
Tyler Jacob
Susan Benson – Girls Who Leap
Jim Hart / John Goodwin
Pam Baker (T.O.C. Legends / Ready To Wear)
Alicia S (Alicia’s Designs)
AMR Apparel / OKA
KC Hall (Hstrymkers)
Dusty LeGrand (Mobilize)
Jason Baerg (Ayimach Horizons)

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Spirit Of The West Coast

Dec 1, 2022
7-10 PM

 

Join us for the final fashion show of VIFW, where we celebrate designs with a signature West Coast spirit.

There is something special about this land and its people. If we let it lead us, if we allow our joy to be seen and celebrated here, there’s nothing we can’t do. Be filled with the spirit of the West Coast as you celebrate the uniqueness of this land through incredible designs.

Designers
Debra Sparrow
Kaylyn Baker
JB The First Lady
Rebecca Baker-Grenier
Tishna Marlowe
Ay Lelum
D’Arcy Moses
Pam Baker (T.O.C. Legends / Evening Wear)

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The Supernatural Kiki Ball

With Van Vogue Jam and VIFW

Dec 2, 2022

Doors: 6PM
Show: 7PM – 11PM

Khelsilem 007 invites you to the closing show of Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week! Strut up the Vancouver runway for an extravagant evening of runway divas, sickening vogue battles, bending realness, and seductive bodies in competition for grand cash prizes. Organized by Van Vogue Jam in partnership with VIFW.

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The mission of VIFW is to bring global recognition to Indigenous fashion designers and artisans from the Northwest Coast and across Turtle Island. VIFW showcases the power and beauty of authentic Indigenous art and design by supporting talent development and organizing showcases throughout the year, culminating with Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week.

Fashion expresses identity, place and personal creativity. Humans adorn themselves with clothing, jewelry and talismans to explore symbolism, beauty, and belonging as our forms of living and presenting evolve. Behind the scenes, fashion expresses political, environmental and economic statements of land, exchange and ally-ship to its original people. Contemporary Indigenous fashion mixes the legacy of Indigenous artistry with modern day high regalia and street styles: it goes beyond surface beauty and highlights how worn identity can build connection with Indigenous values, wisdom, empowerment, and history.

VIFW Model Jaymin

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week originated in 2017 with Cree Executive Producer Joleen Miskinahk’s passion for Indigenous fashion, culture, and community. After years working as a model internationally, Joleen returned to Vancouver and saw two things: Canadian-Indigenous designers, many based here, were recognized on world stages but not at home. And Vancouver, now a big-city player, was bringing together Aboriginal high-craftsmanship artists from across the continent, face to face with international audiences with tastes for clothing with meaning, impact, and artistry.

Our Partners

We are proud to partner with the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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