Friday, October 12, 2012

“Fashion is art too.”

Covered with contemporary art, people walked the chilly streets of Toronto in the nighttime to experience art. 

The nocturnal event on September 29th, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, is an annual citywide art show. It had more than 150 projects ­— ranging from small, intimate experiences to grand-scaled masterpieces. Night buses and subway services were extended to accommodate Torontonians.

There were many amazing works of art and performances, but what caught my eye was a window display in a store located near the city hall. I overheard a lady telling her companion “Fashion is art too,” as they both examined the display. The window consisted of five dresses from Mary Katrantzou’s Fall 2012 Ready-To-Wear collection. Mary Katrantzou, dubbed as the “queen of prints” by fashion critic Suzy Menkes, is known for her use of trompe l’oeil, or optical illusions, in her designs.

The dresses were dramatic in both print and silhouette that it was enough to stop passersby  — to admire, or take a photo or two (or ten, in my case). This just shows that fashion can compete with its’ contemporary art counterparts.

By: Dwight B.