WHERE FASHION MEETS COMPASSION
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.
ANCIENT CHINESE APPAREL
This is a reconstruction of an ancient Chinese garment. It is the two foundation garments that lead to the development of the modern qi pao, known as sam and fu. These garments are constructed to replicate those worn by the lower class workers (coolies, or ku li) in ancient China.
Traditional techniques and methods were researched and applied when possible in the making of this garment. All parts, including the toggle closures were made an sewn together with a combination of hand and machine.
It was selected to be on display at the Textile Museum of Canada.