Friday Finds: First Nations’ Fashion + Style
I had a wonderful experience last night attending the Honouring Our Sisters Fashion Show at the Musqueam Cultural Centre on the Musqueam First Nations Reserve. I was invited by my friend Rosalin Miles who put together the BC Aboriginal Women in Business conference, and was a sponsor of the fashion show, along with All My Relations Entertainment.
It was my husband’s birthday so I almost didn’t make it. But he is a really good sport so the two of us went to the show. We sat in the front row and I confess I was blown away by breathtaking elegance of the pieces on display, not to mention the models who were absolutely beautiful.
Much of the work I saw was represented in displays arrayed around the edges of the lovely Coast Salish style pavilion where the event was held. The iconic hat-shaped skylit vault alone was worth the visit.
The displays included a wide range of items including delicate jewelry and a rich assortment of fabrics – all hand-made with a distinctive first nations flare. It was very gratifying to see these talented voices re-emerging into their rightful place as founders of the rich cultural matrix that is Vancouver, especially with such truly authentic and original work. The event was a great success and I eagerly await their next show.
These wraps are by Chloe Angus, who has a store on Dunbar Street. They are beautiful and come in a range of colours. These are $195.
This is JB the First Lady, looking spectacular in her lavendar Chloe Angus wrap.
What do you think? Can you see yourself in in these beautiful outfits?