Leader of Indigenous Fashion
Artistic Director, Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto
Sage Paul is an urban Denesuliné tskwe based in Toronto. She is a member of the English River First Nation. An award-winning artist and designer, Sage is also a recognized leader of Indigenous fashion, craft and textiles. Her work centres family, sovereignty and resistance for balance. She is a founding collective member and Artistic Director of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.
Sage’s art and designs have been shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday, Harbourfront Centre, The Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design (North Carolina, USA), 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 more. Sage speaks about Indigenous fashion including engagements at Canada House (London, UK), The Walrus Magazine, Ryerson University, Toronto Women’s Fashion Week and South Africa Fashion Week.
Most recently, Sage presented her collection “Giving Life” at Festival de Mode & Design (Montreal) and Ohtaapiahki Fashion Week (Calgary).
Sage received the Design Exchange RBC Emerging Designer Award and was recognized as a Woman of Influence (2018), a Change Maker by the Toronto Star, top 100 talented & driven Canadian women by Flare Magazine. Vogue magazine dubbed her a Toronto “cool girl” in 2018. She was honoured by the Ontario Minister of the Status of Women as a trailblazing woman who is transforming Ontario. In 2019, Sage Paul was nominated for the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design and the Indigenous Arts Award, both at the Ontario Arts Council.
Sage Paul sits on the Ryerson School of Fashion Advisory Board, sits on the Board of Directors for Red Pepper Spectacle Arts and is developing an Indigenous Fashion elective course for George Brown College.