Toronto’s Design Exchange unveils it’s latest fashion oriented exhibit, Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics, which opens to the public today.
The exhibit, guest curated by international fashion icon Jeanne Beker with DX curator Sara Nickelson, explore through decades of fashion highlighting the fearless and passionate designers have used political expression in their work.
Spanning 1960 to present day and presenting over 200 works – including Jeremy Scott’s leopard print burqa, promotional paper campaign dresses featuring the faces of Robert Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Pierre Trudeau and Rad Hourani’s slick Unisex Haute Couture collection – the exhibition spotlights the numerous ways fashion has helped ignite political awareness and how politics have dictated style through the decades. Exploring such themes as activism, consumerism, campaign and power dressing, gender and sexuality, and appropriation, the exhibition provokes visitors to examine how fashion contributes to social progress.
BONUS GIFT: As a thank you for purchasing your Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics ticket, you will receive a 12-issue digital subscription to FLARE, compliments of Design Exchange.
General Admission: $18.50 + HST
DX Member: $9.25 + HST
Student/Senior: $14.00 + HST
Children under 12 are free
Visionary works from the archives of Hussein Chalayan, Jeremy Scott, Moschino, PETA, Rad Hourani, Christopher Raeburn and Jean Charles de Castelbajac will be on view alongside items loaned by collectors of Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, Mary Quant and Rudi Gernreich.
Design Exchange presents this provocative topic by taking visitors through a thematic journey in a visually striking environment co-created by acclaimed designer, Jeremy Laing.
Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics is generously supported by Mantella Corporation.
One of the most notorious political fashion statements has to be PETA’s ‘I’d Rather Go Naked’ campaign, which has brought controversy and A-list stars with their bare-all photoshoots. The campaign has effectively helped to bring fur sales to historic lows and made millions aware of fur industry practices. Below is a video from PETA showing the campaign over the years.