Elephantasia Turns Spotlight Toward Endangered Elephants at Vancouver Fashion Week


Lucy Lau, The Georgia Straight

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Vancouver Fashion Week will turn the spotlight toward endangered elephants tomorrow (March 19), when Elephantasia hits the runway as part of the event’s second-to-last night.

Produced by A-Dot Productions in partnership with local elephant advocacy group Elephanatics, the collection consists of a dozen pachyderm-inspired pieces by 12 different international designers and is meant to bring attention to the thousands of African elephants that are slaughtered each year for their ivory.

Dr. Jake Wall, chief scientific research advisor for Elephanatics, will also be present at tomorrow’s show to give a short speech about the current poaching crisis in Africa.

On Sunday (March 20), Elephanatics will also hold an information booth at the Chinese Cultural Centre (50 East Pender Street) to collect donations for the African Wildlife Foundation and encourage baby elephant “adoptions” with theDavid Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant orphanage in Kenya.

Elephantasia takes to the catwalk at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 19) at the Chinese Cultural Centre. Click through the gallery above for a sneak peek at the participating designers.