“Fashionality” is a newly coined term that refers to the visual culture and semiotics of dress and adornment. Combining the words “fashion,” “personality,” and “nationality,” it suggests the interplay between clothing, identity and culture. Reflecting wide geographic and cultural diversity, this exhibition focuses upon the ways in which the concerns, identities and aesthetics of those living in Canada are expressed, deconstructed and reconfigured through the idiom of dress.

This blog records exhibition-related information, as well as work and events related to artists appearing in the show.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Planet IndigenUs Fashionality Feature Tour

Come join a special tour of Fashionality on Thursday, August 16th as part of the Planet IndigenUs Festival at Harbourfront Centre:


Here's all the info. you'll need to get there, from the McMichael programming department:

"Visit Planet IndigenUs at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre before hopping on the bus that departs at 12:30 p.m. to join Anna Stanisz, Assistant Curator, Education & Programs on a tour at the McMichael focusing on the works by Kent Monkman, KC Adams, Lori Blondeau, Dana Claxton, and Meryl McMaster, who are featured in this special exhibition. Spend an afternoon outside of the big city and be sure to enjoy a walk along the Humber river before your return bus trip."


Also in celebration of the festival, is another event, Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Humber River Aboriginal Heritage Celebration. Check here for more information on this inspiring program: 


Fabulous Fashionality Fashion Fix on Film

More kudos from Jeanne Beker -- this time on video. Very nice "Fashion Fix" piece with an interview by McMichael Executive Director and CEO Victoria Dickenson: 


Fashionality quote of the day: "Makes my heart sing!"
- Victoria Dickenson

Etra D'Exras: Yurt Skirts and Little Green Dresses

Impossible to keep up with environmental fashionista extraordinaire, Nicole Dextras, these days. Don't miss the construction process of her astonishing "Yurt Skirt" unveiled on Canada Day at the McMichael, all documented on the gallery's Facebook page. Also, her "Little Green Dress Projekt," based on the four seasons, which features twenty-four "little green dresses," all made of organic materials using the measurements of, and inspired by the personalities of, real women. This will be part of the Earth Art Exhibit at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver. 

Leaf-o-Licious!  Petal-tastic!  See Nicole's blog, Extra D'Extras, to keep up with her amazingly energetic production: http://ndextras.wordpress.com/