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F/W 18 Collection

Indigenizing the bespoke suit.

This collection is framed within the means of decolonizing fashion. Each garment visually articulates a gesture of identity reclamation and cultural resurgence through the defacement of Western tailored garments with Métis floral beadwork. This collection was designed, beaded and assembled for my undergraduate thesis at Ryerson University in 2018. The beadwork found on each garment generates a cultural narrative that goes beyond the beads and the surface of the material. It is an artistic output to visually share knowledge, history, traditions and spirituality found within Métis culture. Beadwork opens up storytelling opportunities, with the narratives captured through the placement, colour, composition and pattern of the beads. This collection explores how the physical implication of beadwork on a garment that in colonial history reflects a status of power, privilege, capitalism, and settler authority, can become a visual representation of decolonial aesthetics and Indigenous resurgence.

 

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