The creator of Toronto’s Indigenous Fashion Week chooses her top 5 designers to watch – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 10, 2019157 Views

Sage Paul dishes about the Indigenous designers on her radar

Apr 10, 2019

Sage Paul, who is an urban Denesuliné tskwe, a member of English River First Nation and a designer by trade, founded Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) last year. She’s a huge advocate for her fellow Indigenous designers, and she wanted to create a space for them to showcase their work. “As an artist and an Indigenous woman, I felt like there was no space specifically for and by Indigenous designers and Indigenous artists,” Paul says.

And since the launch of IFWTO last year, she’s seen a lot of changes in the industry. Warren Steven Scott, who showed at IFWTO last year, has been nominated for a 2019 Canadian Arts and Fashion Award, and his work was recently covered by Vogue. Lesley Hampton, also an IFWTO alum, just received her first wholesale order for her athleisure line, and one of her designs was featured in the Canadian film Through Black Spruce.

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