Originally from Quartaq, Nunavik, designer Victoria Okpik now works and resides in Montreal, QC. After becoming the first Inuk to graduate from LaSalle College’s Fashion Design Program in 1999, she spent 19 years as a seamstress and designer with Nunavik Creations, a Makivik Corporation-owned company until its 2017 closure. During that time, she also contributed bi-annually to the design and creation of the Team Nunavik parkas for the Arctic Winter Games from the year 2000 onwards. She was also among many Canadian artists and designers that gifted original works and textiles to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he first took office in 2015, and presented him with a sealskin vest at the 2016 Northern Lights trade show in Ottawa .
Between the closure of Nunavik Creations and the founding of her own label, Okpik Designs in December 2019, Okpik continued to have no shortage of high profile customers. In 2018, she was commissioned by Canadian astronaut and physician David Saint-Jacques to create a sealskin bracelet to accompany Saint-Jacques on a 2019 mission to the International Space Station. She is also the designer behind the ensemble worn by singer Elisapie Isaac to the 2019 Polaris Prize award show. Outside of her speciality commissions, Okpik specializes in parkas, handbags and accessories in traditional and Commander materials.
Leather purse with tunniit emboss and fox fur pom pom
© the Artist
Atigi parka (2019)
COURTESY OKPIK DESIGNS © THE ARTIST
Qisilik Parka (2019)
Makkalik Parka (2019)
Red arnauti-inspired outfit (2019)
Courtesy Polaris Music Prize Photo Dustin Rabin © the artist
Takijuq Parka (2019)
Designer of Governor General Mary Simon's installation ceremony dress, 2021
Inuk designer says not everyone informed about Canada Goose program, 2019