Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week ‘Matches Social Change With Art’

The examples are endless. There was Free People’s $111 “medicine pouch,” Karlie Kloss in a feathered headdress on the Victoria Secret runway, and Dsquared2’s attempt to market its fashion line with a racial slur.

Fashion companies present a cheap, sexualized version of Indigenous design, rarely delving into the rich traditions and cultures from which it comes.

“Basically, the fashion industry sucks,” says Joleen Mitton, a former model and producer of the inaugural Vancouver...

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