Open Call

Indigenous Haute Couture Fashion Residency - Design & Pattern Development

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


This program is open to regional, national and global Indigenous fashion makers, designers and design companies, Indigenous jewelry makers, Indigenous beaders, Indigenous traditional artists including hide tanners and porcupine quillers, provocateurs, disrupters, advocates pushing the boundaries of their artistic practice, Indigenous artists that serve their community, Artistic leaders in Fashion Arts and collaborators of all performing arts disciplines. Presented discussions with invited speakers will focus on Indigenous identity in the garment business and how culture plays a role, be it recycling, repurposing materials and/or related conversations. This program will be delivered on campus, led by faculty lead D’Arcy Moses with the support of co-faculty member Christine Gerke, and guest faculty, Suzan Marie and Lucy Anne Yakelaya, expert traditional beadwork and moose hair tufters. Program faculty will support the participant’s exploration and research into Indigenous Haute Couture

Number of Participants

This program will open for applications on January 5, 2022 - Participants must have a background in fashion or garment design in womenswear. - Participants must have a basic knowledge of pattern making in the garment business. - Participants must have some experience in garment construction, sewing, and working with a sewing machine. - The residency invites both youth 18+ and Elders to apply.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


March 07, 2022 - March 26, 2022


  • CA$35.00 application fee
  • CA$4,252.00 program fee (one-time)


Fabrication Lab


Private Room


Breakfast, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch


Crafts & Trades, Fiber Arts


No languages listed

Program Description

This three-week Indigenous Haute Couture Fashion Residency will offer Indigenous textile-based artists with traditional and contemporary practices the opportunity to develop their design and pattern development skills, traditional, and digital embellishments all at haute couture level. Indigenous fashion makers and designers will explore experimental elements or accomplish finished productions of their work with an haute couture aesthetic to the best of their capacity in a fully supported environment. This residency will have a repurpose and reuse component to the design process, exploring fashion's responsibility to address its part in the climate crisis. Throughout the program, participants will design a couture garment inspired by their Indigeneity and based on the traditional silhouettes, lines and/or materials of their culture.

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