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Indigenous fashion celebration, documentary in Kamloops pushing forward despite setbacks

2022 Indigenous Voices in Fashion event coming to Chase in June, model Heather Saatohsti.
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A unique outdoor Indigenous fashion experience coming to the Kamloops area in June has had to change their venue at the last minute. 

Six Indigenous designers from across the province will be showcased at the 2022 Indigenous Voices in Fashion show on June 4 and be part of a documentary.

The show was to take place in the outdoor landscape at Quaaout Lodge and Talking Rock Resort in Chase, but there was a fire at the lodge on May 22.

READ MORE: UPDATE: Fire destroys large section of Quaaout Lodge in Shuswap

Despite the unexpected setback, organizer and owner at Fashion Speaks International Kim Coltman said things will progress forward as planned and recently secured a new venue at Moccasin Square Gardens.  

“We have deadlines with Telus Storyhive for the documentary and we made promises to people. The community really stepped up and helped out after they heard about the fire," she said.

The event begins with a free indoor artisan market organized by the Indigenous Resurgence Project, followed by a remarkable outdoor fashion show under the trees, and wrapping with a VIP after-party to celebrate all the hard work that went into making the event happen, according to a press release by Fashion Speaks International.

The event will be documented by Telus Storyhive which helped provide a spotlight for the talented designers through a documentary funding opportunity.

“This fashion show could be considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be immersed in vibrant Indigenous art,” said the organizer. “At every level of this event, Indigenous artists, businesses, and entrepreneurs are placed at the forefront. It is the mutual goal of Fashion Speaks International and the Indigenous Resurgence Project to support Indigenous voices, and this event is just one of the ways that is being achieved.”

The VIP party will include meet-and-greet opportunities with both the models and the designers, as well as viewing the fashion collection presented.

The indoor Resurgence Market will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., June 4, with free admission. The fashion show will begin seating at 5 p.m., starting the show at 6 p.m.

Spectators will be required to sign an image release form upon arrival, prior to the beginning of the show. Spectators who don't want to appear in the documentary will be seated at the back of the venue.

Seating is limited, with only 50 VIP tickets available. General admission tickets are also limited.

You can stay updated on the new venue location and get tickets to the event here. 

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Shay Paul or Kim Coltman.


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