Reaching out to raise awareness and funds for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) through fashion and tradition
A fashion show/gala event and a book launch that raises awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The making of a book with a digital component that will bring the fashion from the runway in Paris to life on the pages called "Un"Common Threadz. Part of the proceeds from the fashion show and book sales will go to the Native Women's Association of Canada and a trust will be set up for future aspiring models and fashion designers. Our documentary will follow the models, fashion designers and organizers on the journey to create and produce a fashion show and book. Images taken in Paris will be used in the book and turned into "Maxograms" which will allow people to use a smart phone/device to scan the images and bring them to life. It will be the first book of it's kind for fashion.
Working with AnnMarie Aase of AmA Imagery
Model Kristina Mitchel is wearing a pair of earrings designed by Valerie Davidson-Oar, a Vancouver jewelry designer. This will be her first showing of her collection when not accessorizing another designers look. Valerie will be opening our show with her collection.
Designer Linda Kay Peters' mother is a survivor of the residential school system. She was brutalized and raped. She was almost killed but she survived. Linda draws her strength from her mother and her culture. She has used fashion designing to tell her story and spread the word about MMIWG. She recently showed her collection at Paris Fashion Week and has previously shown in New York, Vancouver, and Kamloops. She has been commissioned by Mrs. Universe to create buckskin dresses for competition. An Elder who is highly respected in her community of Hope BC and Seabird Island, hailing from Ontario
Ashley Callingbull wearing a design by Vancouver fashion designer Himikalas Baker
Australian fashion designer Collen Tighe Johnson shows her collection at the World Fusion of Wearable Art Fashion Show. Hand painted mask by local artist Erik Prytula.
Model Ayla-Rae Robertson wearing a Jill Setah, First Nations Design at the World Fusion of Wearable Art Fashion Show.
Model Tanya Pellett stands in a traditional Pithouse in a Linda Kay Peters design from Ringing Bell Robes in Hope BC.
Model Jessica Michel wearing Wolf Tooth Earrings from Giggy's Beads by Valerie Davidson-Oar of Vancouver BC.
Model Heather Lewis in the traditional Pithouse of the Secwepemc people. Wearing a hand painted mask by Kamloops artist Erik Prytula.