Fashion expresses identity, place and personal creativity.
Humans adorn themselves with clothing, jewelry and
talismans to explore symbolism, beauty, and belonging
as our forms of living and presenting evolve. Behind the
scenes, fashion expresses political, environmental and
economic statements of land, exchange and ally-ship to
its original people. Contemporary Indigenous fashion
mixes the legacy of Indigenous artistry with modern day
high regalia and street styles: it goes beyond surface
beauty and highlights how worn identity can build
connection with Indigenous values, wisdom,
empowerment, and history.
Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week
The mission of VIFW is to bring global recognition to Indigenous fashion designers and artisans from the Northwest coast and across Turtle Island. VIFW showcases the power and beauty of authentic Indigenous art and design by supporting talent development and organizing showcases throughout the year, culminating with Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week.