Fashion Avant-Garde: Now And Then (Fashion Show)

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 19:00

To cap off the Canadian Fashion Symposium (earlier this same day), the Museum of Vancouver will host a fashion show­ of local Vancouver designers from different areas of contemporary fashion design (eco fashion, wearable technology, Indigenous fashion, wearable art, fashion technology, haute couture), as well as historical costumes selected by Vancouver fashion historian Ivan Sayers from his elaborate collection. The historical pieces will thematically, visually, technically, or conceptually complement the new contemporary designs. The overall theme of the fashion show is the cutting edge of fashion design today and throughout history, juxtaposing old and new, as well as high tech and low tech fashion trends and concepts.

This event is organized and curated by Dr. Katrina Sark.

The Symposium and the Fashion Show are open to the public.

Date: Saturday, November 14
Time: 7:00pm
Tickets: Adults $25, Students $20, Seniors $20, Members $20. Register now!

Designers on Display:


Alano Edzerza, Contemporary Northwest Coast Fashion: A simple, casual dress featuring patterns inspired by a traditional Talhtan blanket that has been in his family for over 250 years.


Aniimiism (Cassie Dee), Modern fashion. Iridescent dress - light catching iridescent fabric (similar to dupioni silk) to show the technological advancement of fabric (getting the iridescent effect into a chiffon like silk) and incorporating the modern transparent fashion aspect.


Nathaly Barberi, Modern fashion. Inspired by futuristic wear, the concept behind it was geo mapping, architecture and minerals, it was all about the structure in the garment, the emerald bricks where all quilted and hand painted trying to evoke the shades of an emerald stone. In this particular piece I decided to go for a more simple silhouette and plain color in the bottom and a more structured and colorful piece on top so it stand out more.


Amy Herndon, Modern fashion. The concept of this look was to juxtapose hard and soft in the form of shaped/structured and shapeless/draped silhouettes. I wanted to show that things so different in idea and construction can work in harmony to create one cohesive idea and look.

  Ellen Legro, Modern fashion. Geometric design and turquoise stones in Navajo jewelry inspired my design and concept. I created a leather piece with triangle cut-outs to be worn over top a matching turquoise skirt and shirt. To achieve fabric that looks like turquoise, I used a batik dying method on cotton. The cut-outs in the leather piece on top of the fabric emulate a modern take on the art of Navajo jewelry.

Connally McDougall, Modern fashion. I took inspiration from Frida Kahlo and the opulent colours, flowers and textures she used in her work. The gown is made of silk organza and is entirely hand sewn, using more than 12 metres of fabric to create the shape. It took over 100 hours to put it together and four fittings. I wanted a striking silhouette against the botanical backdrop. The entire collection, OPTOBOTANICA is a blend of optical, graphic prints and floral, natural elements.


Parker McIntosh, Victorian, 19th century tailored menswear . Reproductions of Victorian menswear, tailoring based on 19th century tailoring manuals, research of techniques and period style.


Sofia (Sofia Méndez Schenone), Modern fashion. My suits are created with the idea of bringing a moment of casual beauty into our daily/work life. I wanted to bring a subtle lightness with a laid back approach to the well-known suit, while keeping it sophisticated. I chose a beautiful tweed fabric that has texture and softness, and played with contrast solid lines to add geometry with color blocking. Both the pants and the shorts add to the effortless idea of liberty and modernity that I wanted to portray.


Katherine Soucie, Eco fashion. Dress, Arlechino + Pierrot Collection. This dress is composed of pre-consumer textile waste ( hosiery, pantyhose) that has been hand dyed and printed before reconstructed into new fabric yardage.  Using low impact dyes and textile inks, our signature hosiery textile process involves a restructuring of this material resource to create one of a kind pieces such as this dress. The inspiration for this particular collection is homage to the story of Arlechino and Pierrot (the late-Renaissance Italy theatrical play) and the Commedia dell'Arte.  This dress in particular is inspired by the character of Arlechino, a shapeshifter who wore varicoloured patchwork garments made from collected remnants of fabric.


TKC Design (Taran Cheema), The collection is inspired by painting, taking various brushes from a fan brush to a filbert. I created multiple layers of brush strokes. After creating these, I used tracing papers to find the silhouettes. The collection is unique because each layer is a distinct pattern shape. Similar to how an artist paints the garment develops as you add each layer to the look – building up layers to get the final product.


Suzi Webster, Fashion and technology.  Electric Heart is a bioresponsive and interactive garment that turns the received heartbeat of a distant beloved into pulses of light and color. The heartbeat of the garment's wearer is intended to synchronise with the heartbeat of the absent beloved.