Out of the Shadows


A fashion show fundraiser held on international women's day marked the first annual Out of the Shadows event.

A first of its kind event in Canada was initiated with the intention to empower street-involved women by showcasing their life experience using art and creative expression. This premier event is an opportunity for those most marginalized in our community to create awareness regarding the reality of their lives on the streets of downtown Toronto. The women participating in the show are offering their intimate stories through fashion, photography and design to create a means for expanded resources and community awareness.

Each designer was paired with a sex worker, and as they developed a working and personal relationship they were asked to design a garment inspired by the woman's life story. Mentored by Ryerson's designer in residence Wayne Clark, each student presented a unique final product at the runway show. 

Created in collaboration with Street Health, All Saints Church-Community Centre, and Ryerson University's fashion design students.

Click here to see the segment on the show by CBC News Toronto. 

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Photo courtesy of CBC News Toronto. 

Photo courtesy of CBC News Toronto.