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Fashion Week celebrates Aboriginal designers.

This year from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3, BC Fashion Week included a special focus on Aboriginal contemporary and traditional fashion design. Bee the Change Aboriginal Fashion held in Vancouver featured seven designers from across Canada, and included a showcase of traditional Aboriginal designer shoes and unique swimwear.

Among the designers was Nadine Spence of Rev/Evo Fashions.

"I am an eco-friendly artist and designer. Everything I design and make is inspired by the environment and sustainability of the environment. My message of preservation of Beautiful BC is from my artistic vision to finished product. I only use natural fabrics, natural dyes and recycled materials," she said.

Her earthy contrasting color palette reflects the Thompson/Shushwap nation's landscape. She presently resides in Kelowna.

Chessa Syrette is a new designer introduced at the Aboriginal showcase. Her unique and vibrant formal dress creations are inspired by nature' beauty. Syrette specializes in custom pieces that incorporate modern Aboriginal inspired details into each piece, including beadwork.

The other designers featured in the show were Tracy Toulouse, Gloria Cardinal, Danita Strawberry, Shannon Kilroy and Linda Kay Peters.
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Title Annotation:Raven's Eye: Special Section providing news from BC & Yukon
Publication:Windspeaker
Date:Oct 1, 2009
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