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Fashion Shows

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week will be held on the unrelinquished territories of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We honour their vision, resilience and resistance and stand in solidarity with them.

warriors never die

Upcoming Fashion Shows

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week November 18 -21, 2019

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week partnership with the City of Vancouver to present in the Orpheum and QE Theatre November, 18-21, 2019.

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week is welcoming more than 32 designers and artists from Turtle Island and beyond, to present at VIFW, without any artist fees, to ensure full accessibility for its inaugural event.

All hair and makeup is made possible by a partnership with Loreal.

VIFW

Vancouver’s first International Indigenous Fashion Week(VIFW) launched in July 26-30 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre of Vancouver, BC and Museum of Anthropolgy (MOA).VIFW was an independent production in partnership with the City of Vancouver's The Drum is Calling Festival. We had 4,550 thousand people attend this event over the coase of 5 days. VIFW’s mission is to celebrate and make visible Indigenous arts, culture, community, land-based wisdom and global future, and to facilitate Indigenous-Ally relationships through collaboration, education and representation.

VIFW calls on all lovers of Indigenous art and design to buy directly from Indigenous artists and suppliers, and build pathways to Indigenous sustainability and enterprise by honouring and exchanging directly with source creators of this land. If you love Indigenous art, honour those who are gifted to create it, and who gift it by sharing it with the world, by being in direct relationship with them. Do not accept manufactured versions without reserch, and herald the wisdom of slow fashion. VIFW's long-term vision is for Indigenous-owned social enterprise that galvanizes and champions Indigenous art, design and identity locally and internationally.

warriors never die
warriors never die

Connect to Ancient Wisdom

People around the world look to Indigenous art and design to connect to ancient wisdom, the patterns of nature, and personal vision. VIFW wants to open ground for non-Indigenous people to engage with Indigenous art and design. If you’re interested in Indigenous design, if you feel called to symbols, icons, and characters, ask about them, find out the story of them, who made them and why, and then ask, 'Why am I interested in this? What in my roots, in my life experience, calls me to this?' Indigenous design is intellectual property that the UN is making law to protect against appropriation and exploitation. Talk with Indigenous artists to complete the circle. These are first steps to entering into relationship with the original peoples of this land - then you can walk with meaning, honour, and real relationship.