Heart of the City is happy to present their first Indigenous Fashion Show and clothing drive. 

On Dec. 12, Parkdale-Cromdale Community League will host the fashion show and serve dinner. Featuring local Indigenous DJ Louis Bouchier, Heart of the City will also have a dance party after the show. 

The show will feature two established Indigenous fashion designers, Acahkos Designs and Heather Bouchier Design, along with emerging designer Erin’s Regalia. Jacqueline Buffalo will do the makeup.

Celebrate the beauty of Indigenous fashion. | Noella Steinhauer Photography

Fey Gobel, Heart of the City’s art director says, “Heart of the City has grown to encompass many art forms over the years, including poetry, comedy, dance, and more! However, one art form we have not yet explored is fashion. So, we decided it’s time to branch out with an evening celebrating Indigenous culture and fashion, showcasing some of Edmonton’s best textile work, beading, jewelry, music, food, and more.” Gobel continues, “In partnership with Nék̓em, we are also running a clothing drive to collect gently used and new warm winter clothing, as well as new socks and underwear, for our houseless community members. Come join us for a night of celebrating Indigenous fashion, eat stew and bannock, and bring a little something for the clothing drive.” 

Nék̓em is a non-governmental organization started by local Indigenous community builder, Vee Ce Duncan. Nék̓em’s mission statement says, “Through Indigenous teachings, Nék̓em is creating a resilient community where people belong, find purpose, and support each other as they overcome the destructive impact of societal and cultural barriers.” 

Enjoy the variety of the fashion show and bring something for the clothing drive. | Megan Kemshead Photography

Duncan and the team at Nék̓em regularly bring food, clothing, and emergency supplies to our houseless community members. Many of these folks have difficulty accessing programming and resources, so Nék̓em goes to them in the camps and on the streets. Find out more by visiting nekem.org

Doors for the show open at 4 p.m. Dinner is at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. with a dance party to follow. 

Parkdale-Cromdale Community League is located at 11335 85 St. Tickets are limited and free. Register by visiting eventbrite.ca and then type in “Indigenous Fashion Show.