Winnipeg’s large and diverse African diaspora community includes fashion designers, makeup artists and models, such as designer Ali Opemipo for Aplus African Fashion.
Vintage fashion is undergoing a revival – one that benefits both the closet and the environment.
Me and my friends love to match, but they were all wearing black tonight … I was like, ‘I’m feeling a bit more hilarious than that.'
Winnipeg boudoir photographer Teri Hofford and local business owner JT believe that a greater variance of images in media would lead to a positive shift in perceptions of what women actually look like. They promote this concept through their work.
I think I look like a marshmallow
Both my grandmothers were into textiles, and that was a huge influence on me. I like to buy Canadian and American products, and I love the ’80s.
I’m not really good at fashion. I find a piece that I like and try to match the colours.
It can be difficult to know how to dress for transitional weather, but a few stylish locals have ideas for surviving nature’s mood swings.
“My fashion is unique … and comfortable”
As fashion becomes more accessible, indie designers and amateur models have found a place on the Winnipeg scene.
“Be over, be under, be true, but never give up. Fashion reflects personality."
“I try to be unique. I try to be unexpected. Something that hasn’t been seen.”
“When I look good, I feel confident, and I’m ready for exams.”
“My fashion … it’s all thrift store stuff.”
In 2010, Eric Olek was inspired to get involved with Winnipeg’s hip-hop and nightlife communities. The creation of his clothing line, Friday Knights Clothing, allowed him to do this.
Joseph Visser, the photographer behind Winnipeg-based creative platform From Here & Away, wants to make it easier for people to wear their values on their sleeves.
“I didn’t think too much about my outfit today … just put it on.”
Alex Kohut started his career in vintage clothing as a thrifting wunderkind. The 23-year-old, who runs The Vintage Saint shop on Albert Street, got into the game at a young age.
“I like to wear what people tell me not to wear.”
A sampling of costume ideas by Kait Evinger