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Sage Paul

Sage Paul is an urban Denesuliné tskwe based in Toronto and a member of English River First Nation. A recognized leader of Indigenous fashion, craft, and textiles, her art and design work centers family, sovereignty, and resistance for balance. Paul is also founding collective member and Artistic Director of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.

Paul's art and design has shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday; Harbourfront Centre; The Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design (North Carolina); and a curated program at Western Canada Fashion Week by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective. She has designed costumes for Kent Monkman, Darlene Naponse, Danis Goulet, and others, and has spoken about Indigenous fashion at Canada House (London, UK), Ryerson University, Toronto Women’s Fashion Week, South Africa Fashion Week, and in The Walrus magazine. Paul is the recipient of the Design Exchange RBC Emerging Designer Award (2017) and was recognized as one of 25 Women of Influence (2018), a "Changemaker" by the Toronto Star (2018), one of the top 100 talented and driven Canadian women by Flare magazine (2017), and a Toronto “cool girl" by Vogue (2018). In 2017, she was honored by the Ontario Minister of the Status of Women as a trailblazing woman who is transforming Ontario.