Fashion Art Toronto to highlight works of Canadian designers, artists

Apr 7, 2016 | Arts

Gabrielle Austin

Now that Toronto Fashion Week is over, some people may be having withdrawals — but not to worry. Fashion Art Toronto is returning for it’s 11th year, featuring both Canadian and International designers and artists.

This year’s theme for the five-day event is DRESS CODES but there are various sub-themes for each night of the week that include DRESS accordingly, gender WEAR, HAUTE culture and UN dress, to name a few.

Executive Director for Fashion Art Toronto, Vanja Vasic told Humber News the entire event will be an experiment with art.

Designers that will be showcased at the event include Pedram Karimi, Evan Biddell and even Toronto’s own top model, Chantelle Winnie Harlow.

“It’s about merging fashion with art and showcasing diversity through different body types,” says Vasic.

Vasic says what you think you about your clothes goes hand in hand with how you present them.

“How do we communicate with what we wear?” adds Vasic. That’s the message behind the theme which allows the public and industry professionals to create conversation during and after the event.

Humber Fashion Arts student Shaune Smith says she’s never been to Fashion Art Toronto but she’s hoping to learn a lot and see who she can network with.

“I feel like this event will be a giant pool of fashion industry professionals for me to network with,” she says.

Vasic offers advice for students like Smith, by sharing what she would like them to take way from the event.

“Fashion is not just creating a pretty dress,” she said. “They need to experience the whole realm of fashion.”

The event will take place at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street E. from April 12-16, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m