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Heart of the City's Second Annual Indigenous Fashion Show; sold out!
Updated: Nov 12, 2022
We are thrilled to be producing our second annual Indigenous Fashion Show and clothing drive. It is being held at Parkdale Cromdale Community League 11335-85 Street NW Edmonton, AB. T5B 4S1 on Saturday November 12, 2022. Doors at 6:30 pm., show at 7pm. We will be serving coffee, tea and a variety of cookies. We ask that you bring clothing donations: new socks and underwear, mittens and gently used warm winter wear. If you couldn't get tickets, please consider volunteering at the event. You can also check out our facebook page for more information. We are raising funds for next years event! Please bring cash for our 50/50 draw or email email@example.com for more info on how to donate.
Photo credit: Soko Fotohaus, Tara Kersting
Meet Our Designers
Lead designer coordinator Heather Bouchier is a clothing & jewelry designer from Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation in Saskatchewan based in Edmonton, AB. She studied at Academy of Fashion Design in Saskatoon, SK with a Certificate of Sewing & Design and a Diploma of Fashion Design. Heather utilizes many upcycled materials, Indigenous made fabrics and turns them into modern clothing. She has shown her collections all over North America and was recently an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity with focus on Indigenous Haute Couture. Heather owns her home based business and is the Fashion Director for Heart of the City Festival (Edmonton). Her work is a blend of Cree culture, pop culture and wearable art. She uses beadwork, dentillium shells, hide and horsehair in her work.
Photo credit: Megan Kemshead
Rhonda Johnson hails from the Treaty 8 territory from Northern Alberta. Her design roots originate from our most natural source, her Mother & Great Grandmother. They handed down their skills through oral tradition and old fashion teaching starting at a young age. Once older she moved to Edmonton to pursue her education graduating from Fashion Design and Apparel Production in 2006. Rhonda designs contemporary and traditional clothing, regalia, indigenous couture and custom made. Reclaiming and combining rich fabric and mediums to create sustainable luxury fashion. She experiments using traditional and contemporary craftsmanship in various ranges, finding inspiration in traditionally meaningful elements and applying new modern techniques for an added twist and flair. Rhonda designs under her label Acahkos Designs.
Kiera-Dawn Kolson is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, performer and young leader. For over 20 years Kiera-Dawn has been involved nationally and internationally in various realms of advocacy work involved in art and empowerment. Kiera-Dawn's work has focused on Indigenous peoples' human rights, environmental protection, cultural preservation, Indigenous women's rights's/MMIW, Indigenous communities and decolonization, harm reduction and empowerment through art and culture. Kiera-Dawn is passionate about the revitalization of Indigenous heritage nationally and internationally and will continue to learn and share her heritage with the next generations so they too can live and love their gifts and heritage. Meet Our Speakers
Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse Fay Dunaway
Meet Our DJ
Paul McMillan, aka GoldenChild, is an Edmonton-based music producer and DJ who utilizes his knowledge and love of music to create new sonic spells using whatever tools are available to him. Since starting his musical journey in 2014, GoldenChild has quickly made a name for himself within Alberta's music scene working with various local artists and organizations. Whether he is digging through crates of vinyl or sourcing sounds from more modern formats or working with other musicians, GoldenChild is always focused on making the next track better than the last and continues to level up and elevate his craft.
Meet Our Team
Lead Make-Up Artist Brittany David, also known as Binny, is an Indigenous makeup artist whose passion is to work in the film Industry. She is also the founder of Binny Cosmetics a 2-Spirit cosmetics brand created to inspire our Indigenous youth & 2-Spirit youth. As an Indigenous woman she wants to empower people through the beauty of makeup and give them opportunities to be creative, to show their true selves. She started Binny Cosmetics in 2020, and in those short years she has accomplished so much. She has worked on two Indie films, one short film and one film with big hopes of getting on Netflix. She now has IMDb credits for her work. Although her passion is in the film industry, what brings her joy is working with today’s Indigenous youth. Brittany has been a part of youth model conferences that boost our youths confidence to walk the runway. She and her team worked Western Canada Fashion Week, with hopes to go to New York for Fashion Week. Binny Cosmetics is now selling in stores and online.
Lead Hairstylist May Elayne Phillips is a hairstylist and a barber. For the past 8 years, it has been her passion to partake in fashion shows. She loves collaborating with make-up artists, photographers and models. May is a student at Sundance College studying addictions and community health. Her aim is to work with the youth and be an inspiration and role model to them.
Jen Dunford has been doing hair for over two decades. Her formal training as an apprentice under Jonn Gluwchynski, regional representative of Sebastian International, inspired her to view the trade as an artistic form learning to express her creativity through the 3-D medium of hair. On the cusp between fashion and identity, hairstyling seeks to reinvent visual representations of contemporary culture. "It's where I like to be."
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