Otahpiaaki Fashion Week is born from social innovation, art, fashion, and new conversations. This week-long event provides opportunities for participants to interact with emerging Indigenous artists and designers in workshops, events, screenings, and exhibitions.
Meet some of the exceptional designers who will be showcasing their pieces at this year's Otahpiaaki Fashion Week:
Justin Louis is the Founder of SECTION 35: a fashion movement based on diversity and change. SECTION 35 exists to provoke constructive dialogue and awareness regarding Indigenous issues. Based in the Coast Salish Territory of Vancouver, B.C., Justin is from Maskwacis Cree Nation, Alberta and grew up on the Samson Cree reserve.
Kiit Kiitokii brings his skills as a master hypnotist and magician to the Otahpiaaki stage where he will invite volunteers from the audience to “star” in his hilarious hypnosis fashion show. Kiitokii studied with Criss Angel (Mindfreak, Vegas) has performed in Las Vegas, LA, San Diego and has toured in northwestern U.S. and Canada.
Tishna Marlowe, a Dene woman, grew up in the Northwest Territories with her grandparents, and was introduced to her culture's traditions at a very early age. Six Red Beads creates parkas, mittens, and couture ball gowns with traditional and contemporary Indigenous inspirations.
Tobi Davis Eagle Speaker is the owner and designer of the Maatsowakii “Pretty Woman” Creations, a home-based business located on the Kainai Nation in southern Alberta. She creates beautiful Blackfoot designs in a variety of handmade beaded earrings, necklaces and watches that are contemporary and modern.
Trip Charbs is an Ojibwe artist and jewelry designer from Pine Creek First Nation, Highly creative and artistic by nature, Trip learned how to bead at a young age at an after-school beading program. Since then, he has continued to perfect his skills with his Indigenous influenced earrings, necklaces, bowties, and mukluks.
Banner image: Dallas Arcand / Mosaic image: Trip Charbs