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Learning Fashion

Last week the Fashion Resource Centre at Seneca College had a special exhibit in the area that’s usually the Boutique (where Fashion Merchandising students get experience).

Flyer for Fashion Resource Centre The theme of the exhibit was “Oh Canada” for which they selected pieces from 18 different Canadian designers. Some new, some old.

I stopped by the exhibit one lunch hour because I just had to look at the dresses that had displayed. There were garments from the 6os, 70s, 80s, 90s and more recent.

You can imagine that the pieces from the 80s were as hilarious as you might suspect. I remember one dazzling dress by Wayne Clark with the broad shoulders as was so common then and could imagine how it really would’ve looked great in that time. There were a few designers that did not tingle my fashion taste buds, such as Marilyn Brooks’ flamenco inspired dresses, but there were a few others that wowed me.

One designer I really enjoyed was Claire Haddad. Her silk hand painted dresses were such flowingly gorgeous pieces. I also loved one of the pieces by Vivienne Poy. In writing this I just discovered Poy is a Canadian Senator! You can see a part of one of her garments on the Seneca FRC site.  I also like Ruth Dukas’ dress and coat set as well as the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Paper dress the Fashion Resource Centre had out, similar to this one available on etsy right now for the low price of $600! I thought that dress was adorable, but apparently last November MarieClaire designated it as a “crazy fashion moment”.

Of all the designers on display, there were only a few names I recognized (such as Alfred Sung and Joe Mimran) so I really enjoyed the little exhibit that the students and staff of the Resource Centre put together. Hopefully they put on similar displays in the future!


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