Dorothy Grant Creation to Walk the Oscar Red Carpet
Actor, Duane E Howard to wear a Dorothy Grant tuxedo at the Academy Awards.
Vancouver, BC – Duane E Howard, the lead native actor, “Elk Dog”, in The Revenant, has chosen to wear
a Dorothy Grant creation on the red carpet at the Academy Awards on February 28, 2016 As part of his Tlingit heritage, the tuxedo will boast eagle and raven artwork on the lapel.
Howard was born in the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations territory, located on Vancouver Island. He spent his early childhood in Port Alberni, and moved to Vancouver at the age of 14. At age 25, Howard conquered a drug and alcohol addiction. A few years later, he began working as a substance abuse counselor with at-risk youth in Vancouver.A chance meeting with a local talent agent in Vancouver in the early 1990’s resulted in walk-on roles in local productions, and then on to feature roles. Howard has also worked as a stuntman and performed his own stunts for his role in The Revenant.
Dorothy Grant, a recipient of the Order of Canada in 2015, is one of the premiere native fashion designers working today, and has created a distinct and recognizable look for her clothing and accessories labels. She has been a role model for thousands of youth and novice entrepreneurs as her work is studied in universities across North America.
As the first to incorporate her Haida designs with mainstream fashion, her work has reached worldwide audiences, particularly in North America, Europe, and New Zealand.
Other actors who have donned Grant’s couture include: Wes Studi, Rita Coolidge, Michael Horse, Rodney Grant, Mary Louise Parker, Peter Coyote, and Richard Thomas.
Amongst other accolades, Dorothy has been voted “One of the 100 Most Influential Women in British Columbia” by the Vancouver Sun and has received the 2009 British Columbia Aboriginal Business Award for Individual Achievement.
Dorothy believes that her clothing embodies the Haida philosophy Yaangudang meaning “self respect.” The driving force behind her clothing designs is “empowerment, pride and feeling good about oneself.”