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Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto Announces 2018 Dates and Call for Applications

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto presents the most distinct and progressive Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and craft for Indigenous and non-Indigenous industry and consumers. Live Showcase (Runway) and Marketplace applications are being accepted until January 1, 2018.

Toronto, ON – The first Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto launches May 31-June 3, 2018 co-produced by and taking place at Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto. IFWTO is seeking live showcase and marketplace submissions, the application deadline is January 1, 2018. Eligible applicants are Indigenous fashion, craft and textile artists and designers based in Canada, the US, and internationally, whose work explores or includes the deep and ongoing connections between mainstream fashion, Indigenous art and narrative, and ancient and traditional practices.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is Indigenous-led and committed to the advancement and empowerment of Indigenous artists and designers, connecting them and their work to diverse audiences and industry. IFWTO is a four-day festival founded to create space by and for Indigenous artists, to grow an Indigenous economy and to present authentic expression of Indigenous culture through fashion, craft and textiles. IFWTO programming includes at least 60% women.

Fashion, craft and textiles are an undeniable and accessible medium for the global movement by Indigenous artists. For live showcases at IFWTO, applications by Indigenous artists, on or off-reserve, of all artistic levels will be considered. IFWTO is particularly interested in works that challenge perceptions of and celebrate Indigenous people and culture with integrity and innovation. IFWTO will work closely with all selected artists and designers to ensure excellence, respect and proper protocols in the presentation, dissemination and exportation of their work.

IFWTO’s goal is to amplify global Indigenous narratives and to grow an Indigenous economy. At Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto 2018, 30+ artists will be presented in live showcases, 100 exhibitors will be presented in the marketplace, including a designer showroom, and 20 artists and thought leaders will speak in panels and lectures. Additionally, artists and community will have the opportunity to attend a curated exhibition and participate in intensive, pre-registered hands-on workshops.

Artist Registration for Runway and Marketplace:

APPLY & GUIDELINES: IFWtoronto.com/apply

DEADLINE: January 1, 2018

FEE: $20 per application

Tickets & Packages:

Tickets and festival package sales will be announced in early 2018

More Info: www.IFWtoronto.com


Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a four-day festival of Indigenous-made fashion, textiles and craft, taking place from May 31-June 3, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto.  IFWTO is a live, multi-platform public event that offers industry audiences the opportunity to connect with Indigenous cultural expression through fashion, craft and textiles.  IFWTO will present Indigenous artists from across Canada and the US, as well as international guests, whose work will explore the deep and ongoing connection between contemporary fashion, Indigenous art, and ancient and traditional practices.


Sage Paul


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