That Time I Went to Fashion Art Toronto: Day 4

Monday, April 18, 2016
I've never heard of Fashion Art Toronto (FAT) but when I found out it was happening at a time I could actually go (since it was exam season), I was beyond stoked. Fashion Art Toronto is a 5 day event showcasing Canadian and international designers. It's celebrated by not only runway shows but live performances, fashion films, photography exhibits and art installations. I love how they showcase both emerging and established designers. When I was looking through the different artist biographers, I noticed how unique their designs are compared to ones you'd normally see at fashion week mainly because of where their inspiration comes from. Even though I think you can get inspiration everywhere, I didn't expect certain inspirational sources that some of the designers had. This year's theme was "Dress Codes"; in summary, it's about how fashion is a huge part when it comes to your identity. Each day there was a different theme: Un DRESS, Gender WEAR, DRESS Accordingly, Counter CODE and HAUTE Culture. You can read more about the specific details of each day here.

I attended Day 4 where the theme was "Counter CODE". I walked around the exhibition they had which I think was one of the best parts. They had photographs and designs on display. My favourite two they had were a red carpet with nails in it but had space for your feet and a red dress.

As for the shows, I saw Wolf N Crane, Neoteny Apparel, House of Poplyn, Odrea and Nuvango. When I saw that the theme was Counter CODE, with an emphasis on "CODE", I expected more technological aspects to designs like 3D printing, LED dresses sort of thing. The theme actually meant that the designs were a "rejection against the norm" which was still interesting to see.

Most of the designs weren't anything I would personally wear but I did like where the inspiration came from for their designs. For instance, Nuvango was inspired by colour theory and Odrea got inspiration from trompe l’oeil (which is an art technique that creates an optical illusion using realistic imagery). Odrea was by far my favourite show of the night. It was all white womenswear outfits. The location of the show didn't have a typical cascading seating plan like fashion week or at the movie theatres so it was really hard to take photos because of the limited seating they had. I ended up standing just to get a better view and that still didn't help when it came to photos! Overall it was great seeing more local designers!

Outfit Details
  • Sweater - Express
  • Skirt - Zara
  • Jacket - Zara
  • Hat - Forever 21
  • Hopefully you enjoyed the photos I got of the exhibition and leave a comment if you enjoyed :)

    2 comments on "That Time I Went to Fashion Art Toronto: Day 4"
    1. Sounds epic! I still love the name of the show btw haha FAT brilliant ;P Love the top and skirt you wore! And the ideas behind the outfits is always so interesting it's cool to see how people grasp ideas from simple things like colour theory!

      Rai |

      1. Yeah! I learned in fashion and textiles class how a lot of contemporary designs look back to the 18th and 19th century which is understandable but hearing things like getting inspired by reproductive system (NOT EVEN LYING) is incredibly unique. Omg, it was a last minute outfit choice because I had to leave the house early in the morning that day lol


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