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Five Indigenous Creatives on the Fashion Industry in Canada – Flare

From a model to a designer to the founder of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto, five creatives weigh in on the current state of Indigenous fashion in Canada

Indigenous voices have largely been absent from Canadian fashion, even as other marginalized communities have seen slightly more representation—and when Indigenous aesthetics do show up, it’s often cultural appropriation. (We’re looking at you, DSquared.) But that’s all about to change.

As the first Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto kicks off on May 31, FLARE asked five Indigenous creatives to give us insight into the challenges Indigenous people face in the Canadian fashion industry—and how IFWTO is providing a much-needed platform for Indigenous talent. Here’s what a designer, makeup artist, hair stylist, model and the event’s founder and artistic director have to say about what it means to be Indigenous in the industry, and what work still needs to be done.

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