THE path TO SUC­CESS STARTS WITH in­vest­ment

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BRIGITTE CHARTRAND

“In­vest­ing in ed­u­ca­tion will cre­ate stronger de­sign­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers and cre­atives and build a com­mu­nity here that can lead to more home­grown op­por­tu­ni­ties; it will en­cour­age tal­ent to stay in Canada.” BEN BARRY “The fact that fash­ion is not rec­og­nized as ‘cul­ture’ by the fed­eral govern­ment is a ma­jor chal­lenge. That has done a big dis­ser­vice to the in­dus­try. Fash­ion is how we ex­press who we are as Cana­di­ans; fash­ion is cul­ture.” SAGE PAUL “We’re re­ally lucky that In­dige­nous Fash­ion Week Toronto re­ceives fund­ing from the [On­tario] Arts Coun­cil, be­cause it rec­og­nizes fash­ion as an art form that car­ries on im­por­tant In­dige­nous tra­di­tions and cul­tural prac­tices. But on the larger scale of fash­ion, we need to sup­port our de­sign­ers by cre­at­ing the re­sources for them in the same way that we do for mu­si­cians. Mu­si­cians are able to ap­ply for fund­ing to pro­duce their al­bums, and then they go on to a la­bel or other in­fra­struc­ture to mass­pro­duce their al­bums.”

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