Fashion Art Toronto (affectionately shortened to FAT), is an alternative fashion week extravaganza like no other. Billed as the city’s most creative, innovative, and uninhibited runway, the best thing you can do is to expect the unexpected. From runway shows to art installations, here’s our preview of this must-see festival.
Now in its twelfth year, FAT will run from April 18-22, 2017 (5.30pm-12am daily), presenting 50+ runway shows and 100 designers that will offer insight into contemporary and cutting-edge fashion. This year, the theme is FASHION EVOLUTION, which will explore key historical moments and contexts that influenced important shifts in fashion.
Over the five-day span of the festival, with 300+ attendees each night, a combination of provocative fashion and art performances will revisit and re-imagine fashion trends of the past, investigate fashions of today, and predict how fashion may evolve in the not-so-distant future.
One exciting feature for 2017 is the Dressing Room Project, which is both a virtual and on-site multimedia experience where fashion meets art. Exploring fashion from a socially and environmentally-conscious standpoint, this installation will create a “labyrinth of installation art, fashion film, and photography exhibits.”
Additionally, the event includes an exhibition that will feature imagery by a selection of Canadian and international photographers, as well as a series of films by renowned filmmakers that have created iconic images through fashion and the moving image.
Often pushing up against the boundary between the avant-garde and the plain absurd, Fashion Art Toronto continues to be Canada‘s most celebrated platform for independent and creative fashion and design—featuring unconventional runway models and multi-disciplinary artists.
FAT will be held at Daniels Spectrum, a dynamic venue and cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighborhood. For more images, ticket information, the full schedule and designer profiles, visit Fashion Art Toronto. You won’t want to miss this.