Inuit Fashion Show

Meet Our Emcees

The Ivalu Gala is proud to introduce our emcees for this year’s event, Asisaun Toovak and Bernice Aviuk Oyagak, both hailing from the heart of the Arctic, Utqiagvik, AK.

Asisaun Toovak

Asisaun’s lineage traces back to the esteemed Panigeo and Nukapigak families. Married to James Toovak Jr for 21 years, and a mother of three boys, Asisaun’s life is deeply intertwined with her community. An AEF alumnus with an AAS in Iñupiaq Studies from Iḷisaġvik College, she currently serves as the Mayor of Utqiaġvik and the President of the Barrow School Advisory Council.

Bernice Aviuk Oyagak

A vibrant presence with roots deeply embedded in Utqiagvik, Bernice is the daughter of Emma Oyagak and Keoki Pimental. Raised under the guidance of her grandparents, Roxy and Lora Oyagak, Bernice has developed a profound connection to her community and culture. Currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she brings over thirteen years of experience in various leadership roles within the Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation. An MBA holder and an enthusiastic artist, Bernice also actively engages in traditional activities like whaling, hunting, and fishing. Residing in Anchorage with her wife Kelly and their twin boys, Stanley and Roxy, she embodies a blend of modern leadership and cultural legacy.

Designers to Watch

Immerse yourself in the world of fashion with the Ivalu Gala fashion show, featuring a lineup of renowned Indigenous designers. Each collection is a testament to unique style and cultural heritage, woven into every fabric and silhouette. Witness the latest trends and timeless designs as they come alive on the runway.

Corrine Danner

Barrow, AK

Born and raised in Barrow, AK 99723, Corrine has five children and many grandchildren. Her husband is native Hawaiian from Kaua’i, Hawaii. Her parents are Sheldon and Nora Adams, and her grandparents are the late Baxter and Rebecca Adams, and the late Benjamin and Olive Nungasak. Her hobbies include sewing and spending time with her grandchildren. She has been contributing to many organizations through workshops that include Isigvik and sini workshop, Atigluk making, and parka workshops. It is important to her to pass down the knowledge she has learned. She dedicates all her work and knowledge to her late sister Doreen Ahgeak, who encouraged her to learn, and she has a passion for teaching.

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Alannah Jones

Noatak/Kotzebue, AK

Alannah Jones, the owner and designer of Alannah’s Parkas, is an Inupiaq designer originating from Noatak, Alaska. Her parents are Alan Ross Jones and the late Mary Lou Sours. Inspired by her late mother, Mary Lou Sours, Alannah carries on an important skill that her mother not only passed on to her but also to a lineage of Indigenous artists across the state, ensuring its endurance for generations—a profound passion for sewing. Over the last decade, Alannah has been honing her skills in creating traditional and modern parkas, jackets, and atíkluks. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her work with a broader audience.

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Victoria Kakuktinniq

Rankin Inlet, Canada

Victoria’s Arctic Fashion established in 2014, fuses ancestral northern attire with contemporary flair. Born in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Victoria Kakuktinniq’s Inuit roots run deep, crafting traditional pieces inspired by a lineage of strong Inuit women. Her designs showcase a unique meld of Inuit traditional parka artistry, integrated with sustainable practices. Victoria is a beacon of sustainability and a visionary in Northern Fashion, grounded in her Inuit roots.

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HH Suersaq

Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland

Hans-Henrik Suersaq Poulsen is an actor, singer, seamster and artist from Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland. At the age of 20 in 2014, HH Suersaq gratuated at The National Theatre of Greenland, and he has been working as a freelance artist ever since. Apart from acting, he sings contemporary music with a mix of traditional elements such as throat singing and drum dancing. HH Suersaq also designs and creates contemporary and traditional garments both for tv and everyday wear.

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Danielle Rock

Kotzebue, Alaska

Danielle Rock, Inupiaq owner and designer from Kotzebue, Alaska currently resides in Point Hope with her family. Danielle creates contemporary Inupiaq garments that beautifully blend tradition and modernity. Her unique designs have caught the attention of major platforms like Vogue, HBO, and Netflix. She is proud to share her heritage through her work around the world.

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Dana Hank

Point Hope, Alaska

Dana Hank, hailing from Tikigaq (Point Hope), is married and a proud parent to seven children. With 22 years of sewing experience, Dana has been fortunate to learn from some amazing teachers. Dana’s passion lies in creating traditional garments, often infusing them with a modern flare.

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Tommi Lynn Ahmaogak

Wainwright, Alaska

Tommi Ahmaogaks from Wainwright Alaska she’s a proud mother of Kaden Benny. Tommi has been sewing for her family for 20 years. She had some guidance from her grandmothers Florence Ahmaogak & Beverly Panik. Tommi currently works at Qargi academy as one of the local teachers & she also volunteers to lead sewing classes in Ulguniq. Her goal is to teach and share her knowledge of sewing with as many people as she can so it can continue on with our next generation.