What to Wear this Winter: WAG Hosts Annual Fashion Show

Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 10, 2015: The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s annual fashion show is switching seasons! Presented in collaboration with the Nunavut Arts and Craft Association (NACA) and Danali, What to Wear this Winter (WTWTW) is being held on Thursday, September 24. This innovative couture event will get you excited about sub-zero temperatures. Celebrating the art of dressing warm chic, all proceeds support the WAG’s Inuit Art Centre project.

WTWTW will feature fashion runways in six of the WAG’s galleries against a backdrop of art spanning centuries from Baroque to Abstraction. A first for the WAG, models will showcase pieces from five designers out of Nunavut, incorporating a wide range of colour, textiles, and prints in their designs, including authentic sealskin.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Nunavut Arts and Craft Association and Danali, along with our volunteer committee, to present this fantastic mix of fashion, art, and culture,” comments Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “We also see What to Wear this Winter as an opportunity to educate the community on how sealskin supports a sustainable environment and culture for Inuit in Canada. Sealskin is still used traditionally today.”

Selected by NACA, the featured Nunavut artists include: Faith Kreelak, Rankin Inlet; Victoria Kakuktinniq, Iqaluit; Mona Netser, Coral Harbour; Shawna Dias, Rankin Inlet; and Charlotte St. Johns, Arviat.

“Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association is proud to be a part of this event and provide Nunavut designers and artists with an opportunity to present their creations outside of the territory,” says Justin Ford, NACA Operations Manager. “Nunavut has a very rich and fascinating culture that these featured designers are sure to capture through their modern garment designs.”

These looks will be complemented by the latest Fall/Winter collections offered by Winnipeg boutique Danali, a clothing shop with a reputation of excellence and commitment to urban fashion for the past three decades.

All models will wear Canadian made and designed jewellery and winter accessories from the WAG’s Gallery Shop, such as Adina Tarralik Duffy’s Ugly Fish line with beluga tooth earrings and vertebrae cuffs; Victoria Kakuktinniq’s seal skin cuffs; and fur hats and mitts from Goa Haven artists like Leonie Aaluk and Helen Kaloon.

Doors open at 6pm, fashion show begins at 7pm with official remarks at 8:00pm.Tickets are $60 or $50 for WAG members and can be purchased at wag.ca, the WAG front desk (300 Memorial Boulevard/204.786.6641), or Danali (100 Kenaston Boulevard). The evening will feature a champagne reception with hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar.

2015 Fashion Show committee: Sherri Van Went (Chair), Domenic Auriti, Kris Olafson, Rhonda Kennedy Rogers, Natasha Yee, Paolo Porquez, and Katherine Drewniak.

The WAG is grateful for the support of the following Fashion Show sponsors: Danali, Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, VQ Salon, Swish Model Management, JMC Makeup Artistry, PrairieView School of Photography, Manitobah Mukluks, and Sonya's Flowers.

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For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration. For more, visit wag.ca.

The WAG holds in trust the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art. Using the art as a vehicle, the creation of the Inuit Art Centre allows the WAG to further celebrate and engage with Inuit and Indigenous cultures through exhibition, research, education, and art making. It will also house the WAG’s nationally recognized Studio art and learning program. For more, visit wag.ca/about/inuit-art-centre.



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