VOILÀ Designs is one of Canada's premiere French Canadian Métis fashion brands. We believe in the slow fashion movement and continue to grow our company using only sustainable practices. Our core values are “buy better, buy less.” We make a unique statement through our authentic indigenous-inspired prints and our goal is to make customers feel good inside and out wearing our organic, custom milled fabrics. VOILÀ Designs manufactures in small runs to ensure quality of the garment. Each garment is designed & manufactured in Winnipeg, MB using sustainable fabrics and fair labor practices.
The Process: Organic and Sustainable
From the start, Voilà Designs 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
Andréanne Dandeneau, a creative Métis (Ojibwa/French ancestry) designer was born and raised in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba. She studied one year in Environmental Design at the University of Manitoba but wanting to pursue her post-secondary studies in French therefore decided to move to Montréal to study international design. Andréanne graduated in 2004 from LaSalle College School of Fashion Design in Montreal, one of Canada’s top design programs. One year later, she created her first fashion company with the help of Aboriginal Business Canada. Drawing upon her background in dance, Andréanne created Hug Me, a collection of yoga-inspired active clothing that combines comfort with function.
Since then, Andréanne's structure and vision have evolved and expanded. Today, she designs under her own label called Voilà Designs. Considered one of Canada’s premiere Métis fashion brands, Voilà Designs offers distinctive eco-friendly, fair-trade clothing made in Canada. It is both an economic and cultural issue for Andréanne, who would like to share her Métis and Franco-Manitoban heritage with the world. Ever since her childhood, the designer has been immersed in a world filled with natural textiles.
Andréanne is proud to represents Aboriginal designers as a board member of the Apparel Human Resource Council, an organization serving the Canadian Apparel Industry in Canada.
- 2013- Staying connected with her community, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet commissioned her to design an Alexander McQueen inspired haute couture gown to promote their 2012-2013 Ballet season.
- 2014- The Canadian Human Rights Museum recently commissioned her to design a Shawl for their Boutique. Ginette Reno, who performed the national anthem, wore it for the opening ceremonies of the Museum.
- 2015- VOILÀ Designs was awarded the Grand Prize of Fosse aux Lions (Lion’s Den in Winnipeg).
- October 2016- Dandeneau was awarded the Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award from the Asper School of Business.
- November 2016- VOILÀ Designs received the National Laurier PME Award in transformation of a small to medium enterprise.
- November 2016- Dandeneau was awarded the prize of Entrepreneurship 2016 for sustainable design & environment from the Francophone Chamber of Commerce.
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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