VOILÀ Designs is one of Canada’s premiere Métis fashion brands. For more than a decade, VOILÀ has produced original, distinctive women's clothing that is eco-friendly, beautifully crafted, and luxuriously comfortable.
The Process: Organic and Sustainable
From the start, Voilà Desings has made sustainability and ethical manufacturing part of its foundation.
- Voilà’s custom fabric is made from the highest quality ring-spun combed cotton, hemp, and bamboo yarn. All materials are certified organic and fair trade. Fabric is milled/woven in Ontario, Canada by a company that meets the Oeko Tex 100 standard ensuring materials are free of hazardous chemicals.
- Clothing is designed and manufactured in Winnipeg, Canada under the most stringent labour laws. Voilà designs are sweatshop free and support the local economy.
- Products are never tested on animals and contain no ingredients derived from animal sources.
Voilà’s unique bamboo-based fabric offers exceptional softness, breathability, and moisture absorption, which helps regulate body temperature. It’s fashion that makes you look fantastic on the outside while feeling good on the inside about how it’s made.
The Designer: Andréanne Dandeneau
At the forefront of the slow fashion movement, Andréanne believes in quality garments that endure beyond the latest trend. She is dedicated to the philosophy that fashion should be beautiful on both the outside and inside. She credits this approach to her Indigenous heritage and connection to nature. Each of her garments is designed and manufactured in Canada using sustainable fabrics and fair labour practices.
As a former dancer, Andréanne has an affinity for garments that enhance movement and the beauty of the female form. Her designs are soft and feminine, but also cut for comfort and made with fabrics that perform. From yoga class to lunch with friends, Voilà par Andréanne takes you anywhere in style and comfort.
Andréanne graduated in 2004 from LaSalle College School of Fashion Design in Montreal, one of Canada’s top design programs. She is a board member of the Apparel Human Resources Council of Canada.
In 2015, VOILÀ Designs was awarded the Grand Prize of Fosse aux Lions (Lion's Den in Winnipeg). In October 2016, Dandeneau was awarded the Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award. In November 2016, VOILÀ Designs received the National Laurier PME award in transformation of a small to medium enterprise. Additionally in November, Dandeneau was awarded the prize of Entrepreneurship 2016 for sustainable design & environment.
Principal Heritage Artist: David Albert
Métis artist, David Albert, is a retired art consultant and teacher who was born and raised in Fisher Branch, Manitoba. He began his professional association with his daughter, Andréanne, when she was the costume designer for a NAFro Dance production. Andréanne had him paint artistic patterns directly on the costumes according to the theme of the dance. David saw the opportunity to do the same with some of Voilà par Andréanne creations.
For Voilà’s heritage prints, David got his inspiration from nature and an original piece of embroidery created by Andréanne’s maternal ancestor, Catherine Mulaire, who was born in Île-à-la-Crosse in 1843. David Albert created a stylized version of the piece that he called Catherine’s Vine. True to the eclectic mix that is Métis style, David’s other designs borrow from Northwest Coast indigenous artwork and incorporate Plains First Nations symbols of nature such as the birch tree and eagle feather.
David’s appreciation for Canada’s ethnic diversity fuels his passion for sharing his own indigenous heritage across cultures. His authentic heritage designs are for everyone to enjoy.
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