The Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics At The Design Exchange

Marking her curatorial debut, fashion icon Jeanne Beker and Design Exchange Curator, Sara Nickleson, have collected some of the fashion industry’s most provocative, bold and subversive pieces spanning the 1960s to present. Fashion lovers and admirers are flocking to see POLITICS OF FASHION | FASHION OF POLITICS showcased at the Design Exchange from September 18th, 2014 to January 25th, 2015, in the heart of downtown Toronto’s financial district.

The evolving discussion on fashion has always been a hot topic of conversation throughout history as changes in everything from hemline length to the materials used and the way garments have been produced have sparked controversy. This exhibition explores the transformative nature of fashion with a collection of over 200 works presented in the exhibits five themes: Ethics/Activism; War/Peace; Consumption/Consumerism; Campaign/Power Dressing; and Gender/Sexuality.

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According to Jeanne Beker, fashion has been seen as a form of communication and self-expression in popular culture where designers have been able to tell politically charged stories through their collections. This exhibit explores the powerful statements made through clothing over the last fifty years that have inspired younger generations to become more politically aware on such pervasive issues as climate control and animal rights through PETA protests. Fashion designers also have become more environmentally conscious by repurposing materials in different contexts through their couture designs.

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Under the design direction of Jeremy Laing, this expressive and captivating visual display of fashion is not to be missed. The collection features pieces from some of the most influential fashion designers from the last fifty years including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, Mary Quant, and Rudi Gernreich probing you to think about high fashion with a new lens by examining its influence on youth and political culture.

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For more information on this exhibit and event information, visit their website here.


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