LESLEY HAMPTON: GICHI-OODENAANG OGICHIDAAG
Gichi-oodenaang Ogichidaag, or City Warriors in Ojibwe, is a collection that explores the origin of the Native American jingle dress. Based on the teachings of Ojibwe communities, while wearing the jingle dress and performing a dance, an elder’s daughter was given the strength to recover from an illness. Contemporary use of the jingle dress is used in Powwow celebrations to empower a community. Using various metallic plating, from oxidized copper to synthetically colored foils, this collection reimagines the jingle dress for contemporary city life. The garment empowers its wearer to become a City Warrior.
Lesley Hampton is a Toronto based fashion brand that focuses on producing unique couture wearable art work that gives the wearer a sense of confidence and strength in the garment. Our brand hopes to bring attention to the diverse group of individuals our society is made from, and exemplify the inner confidence that can occur within a being, amplified by what they put onto their body.
Lesley is a First Nation wearable artist and a graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Arts degree program between University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College, specialized in Art and Art History, with a concentration in Sculpture, Photography, and Video. She is currently in the Fashion Techniques and Design Diploma program at George Brown College.