2022 Festival

Photo by: Nadya Kwandibens / Artist: Celeste Pedri-Spade & Evan Ducharme Studio

Fashioning Resurgence Panel Series

Orange Shirt Day: Fashion as a Tool for Sovereignty and Healing

Brigantine Room


Today, wearing an orange shirt is a prominent symbol that commemorates survivors and victims of the Indian Residential School System. This conversation with Pauline Shirt and Mona Stonefish and moderated by Shawkay Ottmann will explore the dichotomy of clothing as a tool that drives resilience and supports oppression. Shawkay Ottmann (Anishinaabe) is an MA student at the V&A Royal College of Art in London. Her research focuses on dress history, examining how identity and society interact within dress, including a recently published article in Fashion Studies titled “Indigenous Dress Theory and Dress in Canadian Residential Schools.”