Indigenous Beauty, FASHIOn and Design Week 2017
Otahpiaaki 2017: Fashion, Beauty, Design Week engaged with diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis creative champions whose work is inspired by ancestors, traditions, language, land, and culture. Their talents, creativity, and traditional knowledge blend with contemporary practice in highly engaging fashion, street wear, digital works, film, and animation projects.
On three separate nights, three unique and exciting showcases were featured; a Truth-themed showcase, a Youth-themed showcase, and a Reconciliation-themed showcase.
We hosted the Northern Cree Singers, JB The First Lady, and Dallas Arcand. We were also a part of the AABIZIINGWASHI -- WIDE AWAKE Indigenous Film Project with the National Film Board of Canada.
The Truth Fashion Showcase was action-packed, engaging, and educational. Powerful truths were conveyed through fashion and creativity that inspire commitment, action, impact and change.
The Otahpiaaki Youth Fashion Showcases (re)connected Indigenous culture and perspectives with Indigenous and non-indigenous youth in Treaty 7, the Calgary area, and beyond. The showcase featured must have, accessible, high energy streetwear and signature style.
Lastly, the Reconciliation Fashion Showcase focused on couture, contemporary and avant-garde collections. Included was the 2017 Reconciliation Cape facilitated by guest dessigner Brenda Lee Asp – which emphasized that the work of reconciliation is for neighbours, Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Reconciliation Night served to move towards dialogue and healing, and finding pathways towards reconciliation through mutual respect and understanding.