The mission of Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week is to connect all Canadians with contemporary Indigenous fashion. Purposeful inclusivity and visibility highlighting the work of talented Indigenous creators from across the world. Hosted on traditional Coast Salish Territory, this is going to be the foremost platform to set the tone for cultural awareness as we move forward into globalisation. We will set the golden standard for Canadian Fashion, and the World.
Fashion presents one’s identity; Indigenous regalia allows for the soul of this land, of its ancient inhabitants to come through in a modern expression of clothing with meaning. Stepping forward into current takes on what to wear in an new era of ReMatriation, VIFW highlights the integration, adaptation, resilience and vibrancy of Indigenous artistry, which has always valued inventiveness with the here and now. Indigenous fashion is a political, environmental and economic statement about the land and of its original people. Our contemporary Indigenous fashion enables all people to learn how to appreciate indigenous design with exploitation or appropriation of Indigenous culture. VIFW works intersectionally, accepting all allies and contributors in their many diversities as part of the gifts a rich past with our collective passions and actions to create platforms for positive change.