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The Politics of Fashion

Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:07

The Politics of Fashion is a new show on now at the Design Exchange that explores how fashion offers a type of reflection to what is happening in our world. The exhibition spotlights the ways fashion has sparked political awareness, and how, on the opposite side of the coin, how politics have helped to sway how people dress.

Think of the jangly flower prints from the hippy movement of the late 60s, or the minimalist rough edges of the skin head look the early 80s. Sometimes political fashion can be as simple as wearing nothing at all! Along with all the looks of an era are the clothing designers who scoop up the zeitgeist of the times and run wild with it.

Along with the trends, are the trendsetters: Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Nick Knight are some of the big ones on display at this show. The exhibit also features the fashion sensibilities of politicians like Pierre and Margaret Trudeau, The Harpers and the Obamas.

Jeanne Beker continues to be the first name in fashion in this country. She is a media juggernaut who has travelled the world to cover the giants of design. She has even released her own line of clothing. Who better to curate this new show at the Design Exchange?

Listen to our conversation by hitting the play button below! You can also hear the entire conversation this Sunday between 8-9am on Arts Toronto.

Some clothes are more political than others and Jeanne Beker’s take on the Politics of Fashion and the Fashion of Politics continues through January 25th in 2015 at the Design Exchange, so you have plenty of time to catch it. The Exchange is at 234 Bay Street. You can head to for info.

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