An expansive horizon, vibrant colour and innovative design – it was an exciting artistic collaboration at Toronto Women’s Fashion week in early March. A captivating watercolour of a figure standing on a sun-drenched beach served both as a stunning runway backdrop and as inspiration for the latest collection from one of Canada’s leading clothing designers. David Dixon premiered his Fall/Winter 2018 line of women’s fashions. The painting is a work by Dr. John Semple (AOCA, 1975). At the end of the show, the painter and the designer, Dr. Semple and Dixon, were met with a standing ovation as they walked the runway together.
Former Chair of the OCAD U Board of Governors, Dr. Semple is a surgeon at Women’s College Hospital where he specializes in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. He studied painting at OCA and then earned a BSc in medical illustration at the University of Toronto before entering medical school at McMaster University.
Dr. Semple’s painting was also featured on a silk scarf created in partnership with Dixon. The colourful scarf will be sold to raise funds for Women’s College Hospital Foundation, in support of women’s cancers. The scarves can be ordered online.
To read more about the Semple and Dixon collaboration, visit the Toronto Women’s Hospital site and Fashion magazine.