The flow of creative juices at |FAT| was intoxicating. Fashion Art Toronto set a new standard for itself with this year’s event showcasing the apex of imagination in the realms of film, art and fashion, from Copenhagen to Berlin, all on a Toronto stage. The four day event centered itself on the theme, “Fashion Therapy” examining fashion’s ability to heal and how it can impact our emotions and mental state.
Fashion Therapy included five sub-themes, Drama, Craving, Escape, Crisis and Euphoria in relation to fashion. The themes are especially fitting today when so often the subject of style or how to dress is strongly scrutinized and celebrated all over the world for a million different reasons. The runway shows were all refreshing in their own way from Sakhuja’s bow and arrow motif walking the runway along to the haunting voice of Kurt Cobain, to the Mattel-mind game art installation called, “Teasing Chair” by Maja Radanovic.
We got a chance to chat with the talented creator of |FAT|, Vanja Vasic, who talked to us about this year’s event.
What were some of this year’s highlights for you?
I was very proud of the photography exhibit this year. It was nice to see international artists presented alongside incredible Canadian talent. In terms of the fashion collections – there were so many great ones. I tend to gravitate towards the more conceptual and edgy shows that comment on current issues in society (politics, race, gender etc) Some of my favorite shows this year were Malafacha, V-Franz, L’uomo Strano, Mitra, Ideal Glass, Matiere Noire, B.E. Shields, YDNA, Masha and House of Etiquette. I also loved Lubica and Typical Friday Night for bringing some fun, colour and playfulness to the catwalk. Finally, I loved the interactive elements from the Dressing Room Project exhibitions and how the audience got involved with the work
What have been some of FAT’s greatest accomplishments?
One of our greatest accomplishments is bringing together and exposing local, national and international talent to the city of Toronto. |FAT| is one of the only events of its kind that is a leader in presenting new and diverse ideas around fashion.
Why do you feel an event like FAT, is an important part of Toronto’s identity?
|FAT| is a true representation of the city of Toronto. If you are new to the city – you will see the essence of Toronto at |FAT| – its diversity, inclusiveness and a variety of perspectives in fashion and the arts. In addition, |FAT| creates a positive rather than competitive environment where it is possible to foster collaborations and an exchange of ideas across disciplines and countries and is thus is a breeding ground for the future of Toronto talent. Toronto is well on its way to becoming known for the presentation of a multitude of arts and culture around the world and |FAT| is an essential part of that new Toronto identity because of the innovative nature of the event, the caliber of talent presented each year and the fact that all of the arts come together in one place.
For more info: fashionarttoronto.ca
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