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D'Arcy J. Moses
The name D’Arcy Moses is synonymous with innovative fashion. Born of Pehdzeh Ki First Nation, Wrigley, Northwest Territories, D’Arcy was brought up and educated in Camrose, Alberta. Inspired by the Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast, his first collection of evening wear was launched at the Toronto Festival of Fashion New Designer Show during his residency at the Toronto Fashion Incubator: it was here that it first caught the minds and hearts of the media and the public. Since this time, D’Arcy has worked successfully in the Canadian Fur and Fashion Industry winning numerous awards along the way, including the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canadian Fashion and the Arts. D’Arcy is well schooled in the traditional ways of his Dene people, yet his approach to fashion outerwear design and the treatment of fur and fabric is revolutionary. The D’Arcy Moses trade mark is the unique and skilful integration of cultural heritage with market direction. His collection of blanket coats is inspired by the early trading days; his evening gowns depict bold Aboriginal graphics and are commissioned by celebrities; and, he is quickly gaining an International reputation for his symbolic paintings. D’Arcy Moses is a member of AKWE:KON, the Canadian Aboriginal Designer Trading Group. His line has sold throughout North America, including Holt Renfrew, Toronto, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, as well as to many independent high-end retailers across Europe, the Soviet Union and Asia. In addition, his work is owned by private collectors in many countries, and a retrospective collection of his gowns was recently purchased by the Government of the Northwest Territories for their permanent collection of regional aboriginal history of arts and crafts.