Vic­to­ria Kakuk­tin­niq

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - b. 1989 Iqaluit, NU – Nor­man Vo­rano

Vic­to­ria Kakuk­tin­niq is an artist and fash­ion de­signer, born and raised in Kangiqliniq (Rankin In­let), NU. She is the pro­pri­etor of the Iqaluit-based de­sign la­bel Vic­to­ria’s Arc­tic Fash­ions (VAF), and was the win­ner of the 2015 Nu­navut Trade Show’s Busi­ness of the Year Award. VAF pro­duces high-end con­tem­po­rary fash­ions for women and men, us­ing seal­skin (some­times dyed in eye-daz­zling colours) and leather, along with mod­ern rip-re­sis­tant fab­rics en­gi­neered for cold weather. Her parka and blazer de­signs are con­tem­po­rary, so­phis­ti­cated and very func­tional. Em­bel­lished with fine de­tail and fur trim, Vic­to­ria’s body-shap­ing de­signs draw upon long-stand­ing Inuit cloth­ing pat­terns that date back many cen­turies. Vic­to­ria learned to sew from women in her com­mu­nity be­fore hon­ing her tal­ents at MC Col­lege in Win­nipeg, MB, where she took Fash­ion De­sign and Ap­parel Pro­duc­tion. Vic­to­ria is an “Artist to Know”, not only for her out­stand­ing de­signs, but also be­cause she is part of a young gen­er­a­tion of artist-en­trepreneurs pop­ping-up across the North. These are artists who are cre­at­ing their own busi­nesses, work­ing out­side the nor­mal chan­nels of Inuit art dis­tri­bu­tion, li­ais­ing di­rectly with cus­tomers and re­tail­ers, and us­ing so­cial me­dia and the web to build a mar­ket for their cre­ative work in Canada and the world.

Vic­to­ria Kakuk­tin­niq Parka with Amauti-style Hem 2016 Ring seal with sil­ver fox fur Di­men­sions vari­able COUR­TESY VIC­TO­RIA’S ARC­TIC FASH­IONS

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