Artist: Catherine Blackburn

Indigenous Fashion Arts

Indigenous Fashion Arts (IFA) is a non-profit arts organization that sustains Indigenous practices in fashion, craft and textiles through designer-focused initiatives, public engagement and sector innovation. 

We are committed to nurturing the deep connections between mainstream fashion, Indigenous art and traditional practice. Led by Indigenous women, we at IFA support each other and our communities to foster, illuminate perceptions of and celebrate Indigenous cultures. 

IFA’s most extensive program is the biennial Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival, presenting over 100 Indigenous artists and designers from across Turtle Island and around the world in runway shows, a marketplace, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and art exhibitions. 

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Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival 2022

IFA 2022 took place June 9 – 12, 2022 at Harboufront Centre in downtown Toronto.

Programming at the 2022 Festival explores the relational undercurrents of the visionaries, stewards, knowledge keepers and connectors that keep our communities vibrant and resilient through life’s journey.

Designer: Mobilize

IFA supports the use of fur and other animal products as vital for the survival and sovereignty of indigenous cultures, land and people.

Artist: Victoria’s Arctic Fashion