Last night, the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) celebrated the best in the fashion industry from across the nation and globe. Celebrating all the sixth annual awards, the evening was hosted by TV sensation Jessi Cruickshank at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

The 2019 Vanguard Award was presented to Thierry-Maxime Loriot by internationally acclaimed designers Viktor & Rolf for his outstanding contribution as a curator and creative director.

One of Fort Erie, Ontario and Hollywood’s most admired photographers, Douglas Kirkland, was presented the 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award by Catherine Martin. Kirkland’s career as a celebrity photographer includes shooting some of the world’s most recognizable names: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, and more.

Aurora James, Founder and Creative Director of Brother Vellies stepped away with the International Canadian Designer Award. The award is granted to a designer who has brought Canada recognition on an international level, and James’ line of accessories and footwear is created with the aim of sustaining artisan jobs in Africa by preserving the country’s craftsmanship. 

Sid Neigum was awarded the second annual Suzanne Rogers Designer Grant for International Development of $20,000. The grant celebrates designers that have demonstrated significant growth and are on the brink of international expansion.


  • The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award: Sid Neigum
  • The Menswear Designer of the Year Award: Christopher Bates
  • The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Fashion presented to an innovative Canadian designer who is emerging as a true creative force in Canadian fashion: Marie-Ève Lecavalier
  • The Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent, Accessories, presented to an innovative Canadian designer who is emerging as a true creative force in Canadian fashion accessory design: Corey Moranis

    • Recipients of the Emerging Talent Awards, in collaboration with Swarovski, both received $10,000 and a year of mentorship with industry leaders.
  • The Accessory Designer of the Year Award: Dean Davidson
  • The Outerwear Brand of the Year Award: Mackage
  • Focals by North received the Joe Fresh Fashion Innovation Award, presented to a company that is innovating how we experience, consume or interact with fashion through technology.
  • Marie-Eve Aubry received the Simons Fashion Design Student Award, presented to an exceptional fashion design student who has recently graduated from a Canadian fashion design program.
  • Max Abadian received the Image Maker of the Year Award, presented to an outstanding Canadian fashion photographer or filmmaker who has made a significant impact within the Canadian and/or global fashion industry.
  • The Stylist of the Year Award was presented to Cary Tauben.
  • Krow Kian received the Fresh Face of the Year Award, presented to an emerging Canadian model who the industry recognizes as one of Canada’s newest and brightest fresh faces.
  • The Model of the Year Award was presented to Tasha Tilberg.
  • Matt & Nat was awarded the Fashion Impact Award, presented to a Canadian designer or brand that has made a significant social or philanthropic impact in the Canadian and/or international community.
  • The Digital Fashion Influencer of the Year Award went to Fecal Matter.
  • KOTN took home the H&M Sustainability Award, which celebrates a brand or individual taking action and inspiring change in the fashion industry towards a more sustainable future.
  • The first ever Makeup Artist of the Year Award and Hair Artist of the Year Award were awarded to Hung Vanngo and Harry Josh.

On behalf of everyone at Dress to Kill Magazine, CONGRATS to all the winners and nominee’s this year!

See more from the night:

Red Carpet

Photos by George Pimentel

Special congratulations to our Fashion Editor Cary Tauben, who for over ten years has been creating phenomenal stories and imagery for Dress to Kill Magazine.