In online social networking sites, the concept of ‘trending’ demarcates a noted increase in the popularity of a specific thing or topic among a large group of internet users. In the wider world, a fashion trend indicates an upward shift of interest in a particular style or mode of dress by a number of people. A recent trend that has found its way into runway shows and suburban malls alike is an Indigenously-inspired look involving apparel such as leather mukluks, beaded headbands, and feathered accessories. Clothing remains an important element within an Aboriginal art history, as well as in contemporary creative culture where questions of appropriation and freedom of expression are beginning to erupt around this issue. Trending is a four-day performative embedment on the University of Winnipeg campus by the Ephemerals, an all-female Aboriginal collective of artists and curators. By inserting themselves into the university community, the Ephemerals will interrogate the trend of Aboriginally-influenced clothing and accessories among post-secondary students, encouraging a critical reading of fashion as codified text and highlighting the need for a deeper awareness of its cultural implications. Further supporting this project will be an ongoing intervention in the public display windows of the university’s Anthropology Museum, drawing from and responding to the Anthropology department’s Ethnographic collection.
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