April 22, 2014 2:09 pm
Updated: April 24, 2014 2:25 pm

FAT 2014: Toronto’s arts and fashion week a study of contrasts

Fashion Art Toronto [FAT] 2014 kicks off in Toronto on Tuesday.

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TORONTO – Fashion Art Toronto [FAT] 2014 kicks off in Toronto on Tuesday.

The ninth annual arts and fashion week will showcase more than 50 designers over the five-day event held at Regent Park’s newly developed cultural hub, Daniels Spectrum.

Thousands of attendees are expected at FAT this year, a multi-arts stage that is one of a kind in Canada. More than just a fashion week, FAT will showcase art exhibitions, installations and live photo shoots.

The theme for FAT 2014, INFASHION/UNFASHION, will juxtapose opposing values in art and fashion – contrasting what’s in vogue with influences from areas outside of the fashion world, including politics, religion, industry.

The opening night, for instance, revolves around the sub-theme of Earth vs industry. Designers and artists will explore the tension between the natural world and the manmade.

Toronto multi-disciplinary designer Sera Ghadaki’s runway show “Equinox” will showcase wares for the urban dweller and explore whether clothing can help combat the harsh pollutants of city life.

A piece from Toronto multi-disciplinary designer Sera Ghadaki collection “Equinox.”

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The Simone’s Rose runway show, “Bee the change,” will highlight designer Michelle Maynard’s collection inspired by bees and their surroundings, and show that it is possible to have fashion without sacrificing the environment. The collection is designed using eco-friendly materials such as organic and fair trade fabrics and vintage textiles.

The Simone’s Rose runway show, “Bee the change,” will highlight designer Michelle Maynard’s collection inspired by bees and their surroundings.

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The full FAT 2014 schedule as well as artist and designer profiles can be found at fashionarttoronto.ca.

FAT 2014 runs from Tues. April 22 to Sat. April 26, 2014.

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