"Fashion Nation" was an Aboriginal official launch of Toronto Fashion Week, fall 2004 beginning with a VIP reception and entertainment provided by Aboriginal entertainer and Juno Award Winner, Derek Miller and his band.
Fashion-Nation, a project championed by Miziwe Biik Employment and Training and the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC) promotes Aboriginal fashion design as an emerging market in the Aboriginal business sector.
The 2004 show featured a group of six established and talented First Nations designers who have grouped together, "to showcase the right stuff in the right place and to the right audience".
Their business is fashion and they were in Toronto to see and be seen by the people that matter - the media and the buyers. There was D'Arcy Moses and Dene Fur Clouds from the Northwest Territories; Pam Baker from Squamish Nation in British Columbia; Tammy Beauvais, Mohawk designer from Quebec, and Angela DeMontigny and Ronald Everett from the Toronto area.
D'Arcy Moses, a master in the technique of working with fur and leather showed a collection of men and women's wear.
Dene Fur Clouds, a company comprised of a group of Dene women from Fort Providence launchd 'Add-Ons' a new addition to their ek'o line of knitted fur urban accessories
Pam Baker showcased her after-five evening wear made in vivid colours and luxurious fabrics.
Tammy Beauvais introduced her one-of-a-kind pieces that are collectors items for the rich and famous.
Ronald Everett featured stunning day-into-evening wear, and Angela DeMontigny showed an eclectic group of beautifully hand-painted and hand-beaded leather dresses, coats and separates.