Fashion Forward: Toronto (ad)dresses the futures

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 4:00pm to Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 11:00pm

Presented in conjunction with the Fashion Design Council of Canada

Rejecting the cliché that clothing design is only frivolous, Fashion Forward starts by sketching the untold story of Toronto’s couture community, featuring such stalwarts as Hoax Couture and comrags alongside more radical designers. But from there it goes on to explore this community’s trademark inventiveness as the inspiration for new forms of social responsiveness. Designers like Wendy Traas and Susan Harris foreground the growing importance of sustainability in fashion. Lily Cornell’s LED-equipped dresses show the lighter side of wearable technology, while the Ocorant heart monitor vest — designed by a team of George Brown College students — emphasizes its pragmatic side. And inclusive designs by Izzy Camilleri, Lida Baday and Sansu, by addressing special needs, change the wearer’s relationship to society.

“Commentators like William McDonough and Michael Braungart suggest that fashion was key to the industrial revolution and will be important again in the sustainability revolution,” said OCAD Curator and exhibition organizer Charles Reeve. “But Fashion Forward wants to go further. Clothing designers tackle important social needs in new, inventive ways, and the discussion around fashion needs to come up to that same level.”

Robin Kay, President of the Fashion Council of Canada and Executive Director of LG Fashion Week, adds, “It is brilliant on the part of curator Charles Reeve to bring about the very first fashion and art exhibit. LG Fashion Week is when fashion is at its best and most current; it is truly an honour for the Fashion Council to introduce Fashion Forward, an exhibit of sustainability and technology.”

Fashion Forward: Toronto (ad)dresses the futures
special needs | wearable tech | sustainability | choice
October 21, 2009 to January 24, 2010
Curated by Charles Reeve

The opening reception will be Tuesday October 20th at 9:30pm in conjunction with the LG Fashion Week beauty by L’Oreal Paris.

About the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC)
The Fashion Design Council of Canada is a non-governmental, not-for-profit national association directed towards fashion designers and the industry at large to brand and exercise their commercial viability both nationally and globally. The FDCC has created a successful Fashion Week, now in its 11th, year that commands international respect, economic trade, and profile of our industry and designers. LG Fashion Week, beauty by L’Oréal Paris, the second largest Fashion Week in North America, is the recognized bi-annual fashion event for our industry.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery: 100 McCaul, Level 2
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Cost: 
FREE
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President's Speaker Series: Bradley Quinn

Bradley Quinn
Jeanne Beker
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:30pm

OCAD University's President’s Speaker Series welcomes Bradley Quinn: "The Future of Fashion - New Technology, Advanced Textiles and Emerging Trends"

Fashion is moving forward at a pace never seen before. New dialogues are unfolding between designer and wearer, and radical styles are taking fashion to extremes. Emerging technologies and advanced materials are reinventing clothing as we know it, making fashion a potent source of technological and material innovation. Author and fashion strategist Bradley Quinn will discuss how fashion will look, perform, be manufactured and purchased in the near future.

Bradley Quinn, Fashion Strategist
Author, lecturer and strategy consultant to the fashion industry, Bradley Quinn's work opens the door to a whole new world of wearable technology and inspiring retail concepts. He specializes in creating future forecasts and strategies that help fashion brands embrace emerging technology in retail, design and material innovation. Quinn has written fifteen books that present inspiring visions of fashion's emerging future, including Techno Fashion, The Fashion of Architecture, UltraMaterials, Textile Futures, Design Futures, Fashion Futures and Textile Visionaries.
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The talk will be emceed by fashion journalist and author Jeanne Beker.

Seating is first-come, first served. Guests are advised to arrive early.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium (Room 190) 100 McCaul Street Toronto ON
Email: 
<p>communications@ocadu.ca</p>
Phone: 
<p>416-977-6000</p>
Cost: 
FREE