2016 Indigenous Beauty, Fashion & Design


On November 17, 2016, guests came together at Mount Royal University (MRU) for an evening of fashion, design and handcraft to celebrate Indigenous beauty in a creative form. The Otahpiaaki Fashion Showcase was inspired by the "Princesses" television series and the Red Dress Movement, and hosted by PARK in collaboration with the university.

The evening was divided into distinct shows. The first show featured Justin Louis' Section 35 Collection, followed by Tishna Marlowe's Six Red Beads formal-wear, and a final showcase featuring Marlowe’s Red Dress made in collaboration with MRU.  In attendance were: Director of the Princesses television series Pepper O’Bomsawim, MRU’S Storyteller in Residence and country music singer Paul Brandt, students, faculty and community members.

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The night featured numerous Nations, each with their own, often complex history, customs, tradition -and inevitably, standards of beauty.
— Pepper O’Bomsawim, Director, Television Series "Princesses"



From November 14th to November 17th, students, staff, designers, makeup artists and technical experts joined forces to prepare for the cause-driven, fashion-forward evening. The Otahpiaaki Fashion Showcase featured Indigenous models from Numa Model Management, Mode Models and Sophia Models International.

Hedkandi salon styled modern, sleek hair for the evening and makeup artists Joanne Black ad Dana Mckinnon dressed models with light, airy looks that showcased the models’ natural beauty and features to compliment the outfits.