Fashion Art Toronto: Towards a More Representative Fashion Industry

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Fashion Art Toronto: Towards a More Representative Fashion Industry

This year, Fashion Art Toronto is offering around thirty collections presented in around twenty fashion shows.

Fashion Art Toronto is back for its annual event. This Fashion Week is one of the most inclusive in the Canadian industry. Designers and models from all walks of life will take part in the shows from November 10-13.

Lesley Hampton recalls her very first fashion show. Fashion Art Toronto gave her a chance in 2016, when she was still a student.

I've really thrived on bringing diversity to the shows. It all really started with Fashion Art Toronto and the empowerment I received from participating, she says.

Indigenous fashion designer is launching a elsewhere the ball of the event this year with a parade that will highlight its best creations.

Lesley Hampton will be performing the opening show. This is the brand's most inclusive show to date with, for example, the inclusion of two-spirit people.

Fashion Art Toronto showcases 30 Canadian designer collections at the course of four days of parades at Parkdale Hall.

We have high fashion, genderless collections and sustainable clothing. There's something for everyone, says General Manager Vanja Vasic. wasn't always accepted, says Vanja Vasic.

It wasn't mainstream, she explains, adding that the early years of Fashion Art Toronto were difficult.

It wasn't what people expected in fashion and it's only been in recent years that we've become more accepting of different body types, different gender identities and different types. people in the fashion landscape, says the CEO.

“Fashion is for everyone. It is not an exclusive experience.

—Vanja Vasic, Managing Director of Fashion Art Toronto

The event has always had the mandate to be diverse and representative of the city, she says.

I wanted a space where people could feel themselves and accepted for who they really are, adds Vanja Vasic.

Fashion Art Toronto Executive Director Vanja Vasic advocates for a fashion industry that is more representative of society.

Being represented is a boost of confidence, she says.

Furthermore, this year Fashion Art Toronto welcomes its first model who lives with Down syndrome.

Monika Myers takes part in two fashion shows during the four-day event.

I can't wait, she said. You have to have confidence in yourself, she adds.

I started modeling when I was younger and I fell in love, says the teenager.

Since then, the girl wants parade every fashion week. Dresses, Makeup, and Hair: Monika Myers loves modeling. I feel like a princess, she says.

14-year-old Monika Myers wants to travel around the world to walk in the biggest catwalks.

At 14, she wants to inspire others to embark on this career.

N&#x27 ;be not afraid. Keep walking, she gives advice to people who would like to follow in her footsteps.

On stage, Monika Myers is happy and courageous.

The teenager has previously walked the runway at New York Fashion Week and Toronto Kids Fashion Week. Ambitious and courageous, she now hopes to walk the Paris Fashion Week show.

The goal is for these people to find themselves beautiful, comfortable , comfortable in their skin and that they are themselves, adds Vanja Vasic, who underlines at the same time that Fashion Art Toronto is a community.

As an Indigenous person with curves, I felt unrepresented in runways and the fashion world from a young age,” says Newfoundland and Labrador-born fashion designer Lesley Hampton.

“Becoming a fashion designer was a dream I never thought was attainable.

—Lesley Hampton, Indigenous Artist

I see the future of fashion as a space where your hip size and heredity are not evaluated until they are appreciated, she thinks.

Lesley Hampton also welcomes the growing number of Indigenous fashion events, such as the Indigenous Fashion Arts festival.

I live at the intersection of two worlds, says Lesley Hampton. I celebrate my Indigenous authenticity while acknowledging the culture I grew up in, she adds.

Indigenous peoples can be more than just the facet that stereotypes have forced upon us, says Lesley Hampton. Indigenous fashion goes beyond folklore, she reminds.

She explains that society must learn about indigenous culture in all its diversity, including its relationship with colonization to understand that it goes beyond stereotypes.

It's so great that we have these avenues that showcase Indigenous people, fashion and movies in an authentic way so that non-Indigenous people can come into these places and learn, says Lesley Hampton

< p class="e-p">I want Indigenous designers to have the same platforms and opportunities as the rest of the fashion industry, says fashion designer.

An inclusive fashion industry is an industry that includes people of all sizes, shapes and skin colors. When we talk about inclusivity, we have to see diversity and a mix in the industry, explains the founder of Malia Indigo, a company dedicated to plus size fashion, Josiane Laure Modjom.

Until today, you don't really find tall women with full curves on the haute couture runways, she explains.

Vanja Vasic believes that this It is the fear of wanting to blend in with the crowd and not breaking the molds that prevents the big brands from showing more representativeness.

As long as haute couture does not follow, we will do all this work downstairs, but we will [come into a wall], thinks Josiane Laure Modjom.

< p class="e-p">The message didn't really get through. There is still a lot of work to do and we hope that one day we will see this representation of all shapes, colors and sizes on the catwalks, adds the former model.

The Managing Director of Fashion Art Toronto agrees.

Major platforms like international fashion weeks need to take this risk and do these changes to make the fashion industry more inclusive, according to Vanja Vasic.

Representativeness is a kind of harm reduction, says Indigenous artist and fashion designer Lesley Hampton.

If we are able to seeing in these spaces like media and fashion, it has a direct relationship to our mental health and through this portrayal we can all thrive and enjoy the beautiful world that is fashion, she says.

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Josiane Laure Modjom is also a producer of shows specializing in plus size fashion such as Toronto Plus Size Fashion Show and Paris Plus Size Fashion Show.

The mother of three is also a trained accountant .

I've made a journey in terms of my identity, self-acceptance and motivation, she says.

Overnight, Josiane Laure Modjom decided to devote herself to modeling.

What motivates me to become a model is the desire to inspire, the desire to help other women to love themselves as they are because it is a great suffering that is not very easy. understand, she explains.

Josiane Laure Modjom is an activist for plus size inclusion in the fashion industry.

I created Malia Indigo [in 2016] to create this diversity and inclusiveness in fashion, says Josiane Laure Modjom.

We start doing activities with women who have curves. We are starting to make an impact in the fashion industry, to shine the spotlight on these women who, until now, are always ignored, but we have come a long way. They were ignored, they weren't perceived as elements of fashion, she notes.

The goal is really to present the woman as a whole because that the media, images and fashion shows have an incredible impact on people's psychology, explains the businesswoman.

The end goal is that these big fashion brands really take women with curves into account, she thinks.

Seeing someone who looks like me in a fashion show has a [huge impact on my mental health]. There has to be this representativeness. Everyone needs to find themselves, especially when it comes to images, media, fashion and all that entails, adds Josiane Laure Modjom.

A standard model is d a size zero to a size 4, notes Josiane Laure Modjom. She believes fashion designers should design for different body types.

I think it's a chain. All industry stakeholders need to add something to it, explains Josiane Laure Modjom.

Creators who are designers, couturiers and stylists, must include women multifaceted in their process, she adds.

We would like to see more diversity, like more black women and more women with curves [at Fashion Art Toronto], says Josiane Laure Modjom.

Even if there are still several efforts to be made, she acknowledges having seen a form of diversity.

I think what I've seen of people with disabilities on some parades is commendable. It's to be encouraged, she says.

Toronto needs a solid fashion week that brings people back and creates this excitement around Canadian fashion, adds the former model.

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