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Dorothy Grant: fashion designer and traditional Haida artist.

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Internationally renowned fashion designer and traditional Haida artist Dorothy Grant hit the big stage this year when her work was worn by actor Duane Howard at the Academy Awards in Hollywood. Howard, who portrayed Elk Dog in The Revenant, walked the red carpet in a tuxedo by Grant. "Haida form line design is really graphic work," said Grant. "It's really about how it fits on a jacket. I'm not one just to plop art on a garment.... I fill spaces in an appropriately kind of balanced way that fits on the body." Grant placed her accents, artwork of eagle and raven, on the lapels of the tuxedo, which she says was "just a natural place to put Haida art." It was also a shout-out to Howard's Nuu-chah-nulth heritage. Movie director Alejandro Gonzlez Inarritu purchased tickets a week before the Oscars in order for Howard to attend, along with American Indigenous actors Arthur Redcloud and Forrest Goodluck, and English actor Will Poulter. The Revenant, which earned Inarritu the Oscar for best director and Leonardo DiCaprio the Oscar for best actor, was filmed mainly in Alberta and had a large contingent of local Indigenous actors. Howard says being at the Academy Awards for the first time was "amazing. It was awesome. It was one of the best things anybody could experience."

For more information, check out: http://dorothygrant.com/

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Title Annotation:British Columbia
Publication:Windspeaker
Date:Jun 15, 2016
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