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Politics Of Fashion Exhibit Makes Art From The Runway – See It Now



A representation of ’60s fashion all by anonymous designers.

Politics of Fashion/ Fashion of Politics–a collaboration between Toronto’s design museum Design Exchange (DX) and Canadian fashion personality Jeanne Beker–opens today. The Toronto exhibit explores the intersection of fashion and politics and shows both how politics have dictated style and how fashion has ignited political awareness—on issues ranging from war and peace to gender and sexuality.


Patrick Kelly brought racial stereotypes to the forefront, but also used the heart symbol as a motif for his work.

Curated by Beker in conjunction with DX curator Sara Nickleson, Politics of Fashion/ Fashion of Politics spans six decades and includes more than 200 pieces, including Vivienne Westwood’s 1977 God Save the Queen T-shirt, the infamous Narciso Rodriguez dress worn by Michelle Obama the night Barack Obama was elected, and Montreal designer Rad Hourani’s Unisex Haute Couture collection.


Brides of war as represented in dress form with Jeremy Laing’s parachute dress.

Canadian fashion designer Jeremy Laing was responsible for the exhibition’s display, which also includes his take on brides of war with a custom parachute dress that was previously worn by a man down the catwalk.

See more pictures and learn more about the show in our latest issue of Real Style Magazine.

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