Friday, April 22, 2011


Press Release

| APRIL 26 – 29, 2011 | 99 SUDBURY | 6PM-12AM DAILY | WWW.GETFAT.CA | 

TORONTO, ON – From April 26 – 29, 2011 Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week |FAT| kicks off it’s sixth year in production at a new venue - 99 Sudbury Street - for four days of multi-sensory stimulation & excitement! |FAT| continues to build alliances, connecting art, imagery and clothing, creating a framework within which designers and artists can reflect on fashion through a variety of diverse disciplines.

|FAT| 2011 will feature 50 runway collections from national designers from Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal and international fashion designers from Latvia, USA, Romania, Mexico, Jamaica and Germany. Collections range from the wearable to the extreme from the playful to the theatrical and on April 27th |FAT| focuses on natural influences and sustainable fashion design. As a special feature, |FAT| introduces the “Fashion on Film” series, including films from designers Zoran Dobric, Pat McDonagh, Jessica Jensen, Heidi Ackerman, Barbara i Gongini and Emily Woudenberg.

2011 will mark the sixth edition of Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week. With this year’s theme of “Fashion Schematics”, |FAT| reinterprets the messages, systems, schemes and symbols inherent in the notion of fashion.

APRIL 26 |FASHION NARRATIVES| presents 12 contemporary collections on the runway. Martin Lim, graduates of the prestigious Central Saint Martins College bring Montreal chic with their ready-to-wear collection; Mexico based Belinda Visag conveys stories through her line for romantic women; DeMOYO features futuristic silhouettes and luxurious fabrics and Zanete Auzina; recently featured in VOGUE magazine, brings an extravagantly sophisticated collection from Latvia. The opening night also includes fashion films from Gaudet Fashion House, Pat McDonagh and Emily Woudenberg.

Zanete Auzina

27 |NATURAL CURRENCIES| showcases nature loving collections from men’s wear label Loft 604; a sustainable street collection by David C. Wigley and environmentally responsible line from Kali. Eco clothing line ica watermelon by Julia Knüpfer, brings a fresh look at green fashion from Germany. Colleen Booth conveys cozy comfort with her recycled men’s wear label; The Make Den creates chic vintage inspired party dresses; Calgary based Mackenzie Jones presents the seductive power of Mother Nature and Little.White.Dress brings romance and subtlety to the runway. Fashion films continue with Zoran Dobric’s nature inspired video.

ica watermelon by Julia Knüpfer

APRIL 28 |FASHION/UNFASHION| debates the commercial versus the rebellious with 12 edgy collections. Rachel Sin starts the night with a clash between high fashion vs. street style, while Breeyn McCarney uses light, movement and sound in her interactive garments and Heidi Ackerman presents a capsule collection with industrial designer, Lindsay Sinclair exploring “future memories”. Montreal based Anastasia Lomonova showcases geometric shapes and New York label Saint Hollywood by Uta Bekaia peeks into the future of fashion with vibrant colours and daring designs.

Heidi Ackerman & Lindsay Sinclair

APRIL 29 |DRESS CODES| questions identity and sexuality through clothing. Human Nature presents a cross-gender collection; Romanian designer Zita Pop fuses folk art and contemporary fashion and Mitra deconstructs the traditional wedding dress from its usual heterosexual ties. Toxic Vision, presents a new take on the rock & roll sub culture, Dianna DiNoble heightens female sexuality through corsetry, Miller Monroe presents a gender twisting men’s line, appropriately titled “woMAN”, and Fashion Whore debuts an over the top collection with drag queens and drag queens alike.

Toxic Vision

|FAT| rebels against the conventional, by challenging preconceived notions of what clothing can mean. It highlights that the realm of fashion is not only about beautiful clothes, but more importantly a social commentary, cultural expression and personal statement, acting thus as a symbol of identity and life philosophy. The festival emphasizes the existing fusion between popular culture and high art stressing that both art and fashion exist as a commentary of the present, registering a particular and unique moment in time.

ADVANCE TICKETS: $25/Day Pass, $70/Week Pass in advance at the following:
Slinky/MOOG Audio: 442 Queen St West, 416-603-2600 Nathalie-Roze & Co.1015 Queen Street East, 416-792-1699 Method Lab: 148 Augusta, 416-875-6781 (Wed-Sunday) Shop Girls: 1342 Queen Street West, 416-534-7467
$30/Day @ the door

Zita Pop



Press release and images courtesy of FAT.

1 comment:

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