Saturday, June 8, 2013

The June Fashion Calendar

I cannot recall another time when there have been so many fashion related events in Toronto, which means that, for once, I don't have to get on a plane to get my fashion fix. Here are a list of upcoming fashion related events in Toronto for June 2013.

June 9 - 30: VIKTOR&ROLF DOLLS at the ROM as part of the Luminato Festival
In this presentation at the Royal Ontario Museum, about 25 hand-crafted porcelain dolls styled to replicate runway looks are dressed in scaled-down versions of Viktor&Rolf couture designs. Initially presented in 2008 at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, England in 2008, these dolls have been set on a specially crafted miniature runway in the ROM's Thorsell Spirit House.  The exhibition is free and open during regular Museum hours. I saw this exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery in 2008 and wrote a post at that time and have written about the dolls as part of a creative process journal project. For these reasons, I am really looking forward to having another look at these uncanny incarnations.

June 9: Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker CultureAn Illustrated Talk by Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack at the Bata Shoe Museum 
Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack will discuss the history of the sneaker and the rise of sneaker culture in becoming the footwear of choice for many. My review of the exhibition was published on Modeconnect and my behind-the-scenes visit and interview with Elizabeth Semmelhack is presented on Worn Through.

June 21 at 330 pm: Decentralizing the Museum: The Ryerson Fashion Research Collection 
The Discursive Spaces Conference at the Art Gallery of Ontario (June 20-23) considers the "integration of art, design, and architecture in the creation of memorable and immersive museum experiences, while balancing the public’s expectations of self-directed expression and engagement".  In my joint presentation with architect Guela Solow, we will talk about our shared vision for the remodelling of the space to house the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection. In this conceptual plan,  the barriers of the museum have been disintegrated by integrating the collection within the university environment. Advance tickets are required for this conference and day passes are now available.

June 21: Opening of the Christian Louboutin exhibition at the Design Exchange in Toronto 
Curated by The Design Museum London in conjunction with French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, this exhibition at the Design Exchange celebrates Louboutin’s twenty years of designs and inspiration and reveals "the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejeweled pumps".  There is a gala opening event on June 20 and the show will run until September 15, 2013. There are a number of lectures planned including a talk by Elizabeth Semmelhack, curator of the Bata Shoe Museum called "Flashing Red: Louboutins and the Culture of Desire" at 630 pm on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Advance tickets required and can be purchased on the Design Exchange website.

June 26: A Curator's Tour of Ancestry and Artistry: Maya textiles from Guatemala at the Textile Museum of Canada 
Curator Roxane Shaughnessy offers a free tour of this exhibition that reveals the ways in which "Maya textiles maintain a vital link to the ancestral past while embracing contemporary conditions".

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