“My fall collection is inspired by the relationship Indigenous people have with constellations and the night sky,” explained Angela DeMontigny, designer-in-residence. An internationally renowned designer, DeMontigny embraces her Cree-Métis heritage to create authentic, Aboriginal luxury fashion that is functional, timeless and tells a story.
DeMontigny was appointed designer-in-residence in the School of Fashion where she will work with students, encouraging them to be inspired by their culture. “Designing with only trends in mind can lead to fashion that is uninspired and lacking in purpose,” she says. “I am so pleased to work with students and faculty at Ryerson to share my experiences in developing and launching a luxe Indigenous-inspired label.”
Based out of Hamilton, Ont., DeMontigny has been a leader of Aboriginal fashion for more than two decades, and has produced showcases for Indigenous designers such as FashioNation at L'Oreal Fashion Week (Toronto); Fire & Fashion at Planet IndigenUs (Toronto); From Culture to Couture (Toronto) and the first ever Aboriginal Fashion Week during the 2010 Winter Olympics (Vancouver).
“Angela has so much knowledge to share with our students – from running a global fashion business to the importance of drawing from one’s own background and experiences,” said Ben Barry, chair, School of Fashion. “The School of Fashion is honoured to have her as part of our community, and thrilled that our students will have the opportunity to learn about designing an inclusive, sustainable and decolonized fashion system from an industry icon and trailblazer.”