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Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week kicks off tonight with gala – CityNews Vancouver

by ahnationtalk on November 18, 2019126 Views

Nov 18, 2019

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week kicks off Monday night with a red dress gala in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Founder and producer Joleen Mitton says the opening night gala will set the tone for an event that is about far more than just celebrating Indigenous clothing designers.

The red dress has become a symbol of resilience for many, and Mitton says it will appear on the catwalk and among audience members to raise awareness about ongoing violence against Indigenous women.

“That’s why the red dress event still exists,” she says. “I wish it didn’t have to, but it’s something that we keep on needing to talk about. If we can somehow tackle any issue with fashion, that’s what we’re going to do.”

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