In this episode, the Hags re-hash Evan’s Origin show that he has been working on for months. A bit of a backstage look at the show from conception to completion!
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But first, Abby has been enjoying the warm weather by switching over to the summer wardrobe of cute printed pants and putting away those big winter sweaters that are so last season.
Katie spiffed up her bike with a long-overdue cleaning and rust removal so she’s ready for all the summer bike rides. Now, with white grips, the colour scheme finally matches so the style factor is at an all-time high.
Evan’s been enjoying a visit with his family from Manitoba who came for his Origin show, hitting up the local tourist spots including Granville Island and the various food choices at the public market. Never an easy decision.
The main event: Evan’s Origin collection shows to a full house!
Evan’s show was an homage to his Metis heritage. Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Metis people are considered First Nations under the law and are subject to the same rights at Status Indians. (Check out this article for more info.)
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Canadian listeners will likely be (at least mildly) familiar with the name Louis Riel, a Metis rebel from Manitoba who fought for the rights of the Metis people. For a longwinded and thorough history, check out his biography in the Canadian Encyclopedia.
Or, check out this goofy short video that two kids made for a Social Studies project that pretty well sums it all up.
Big shout out to Joleen Mitton and All My Relations Entertainment for helping with the show, securing models, and promoting Indigenous work in BC!
**We will add the photos and video of the show once they are available! Check back here soon and we’ll keep you posted!**
Evan’s makeshift studio with door-as-table and paint cans:
The design process can be completely crazy and involves all kinds of moving parts. Designs change, fabrics become unavailable or behave differently than you expect, time runs out, as well as many goddamn unforeseen obstacles can come into play during the building of a collection. Sometimes it sucks but we do it in the name of fashion!
One of the inspirations for Evan’s collection was the historical Metis sash:
Some beautiful catwalk images from Ed Ng Photography:
Katie’s snaps story.
And also this documentary about the Met Gala:
Abby is obsessed with two of her favourite shows: Game of Thrones
and Orphan Black, both of which have new seasons out and have been distracting her from other, more motherly duties.
Katie is obsessed with two books by Erik Larson: In The Garden of Beasts
and Devil in the White City.
Both are un-put-down-able. If you like a good non-fiction story, check out his work and maybe cancel all your plans for the next week or so.
Evan, in light of his completed show, is especially obsessed with all the wonderful people in his life that helped put the collection on the runway and kept him fed! What a lucky mother fucker!
Shout out to Ashley, Vee, Jamie, Gigi, David, Hannah, Jared, Shaina, Spider, Pat from SPACE, Eric, Justin, Steven & Zoe for their videography expertise, Julian Briggs for our beautiful catwalk music, and of course The Fashion Hags!
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Remember: keep your pants on, it’s only fashion.