This Indigenous designer's gowns are turning heads on the red carpet — and busting down barriers

Meet Lesley Hampton, the 25-year-old Canadian designer whose gown made major waves on the Golden Globes red carpet this year.

At 25, Canadian fashion designer Lesley Hampton is already a big deal in the industry

Designer Lesley Hampton brought along one of her dresses into the q studio. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

Originally published on January 14, 2020

When etalk anchor Lainey Lui set foot on the Golden Globes red carpet wearing this gown, she instantly made waves and found herself on a number of best-dressed lists.

The Telegraph, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post and Queer Eye's Karamo Brown all raved about her look. Lui responded by saying, "I'm a Canadian-Asian woman and I wanted to wear an Indigenous designer's work."

WATCH | Lesley Hampton's full interview with q host Tom Power:

That designer is 25-year-old Lesley Hampton, who started her own clothing line three years ago when she was still in college.

She joined q's Tom Power live in studio to talk about how she uses fashion to work through tough issues, from body positivity to mental health.

— Produced by ​Jennifer Warren



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