TORONTO, ON – From April 26 –29, 2011Toronto 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.
As a platform for inventive, pioneering and contemporary expression, |FAT| 2011 will feature 50 runway collections from national and international fashion designers, and over 100 visual artists, musicians and performers. The festival delivers a packed-to-the-brim schedule of breathtaking runway shows, exhilarating live performances, music, photography, films, videos and site-specific installations to celebrate leaders in a wide range of art forms.
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 27 |NATURAL CURRENCIES| investigates the power of nature, sustainability and the use of natural elements as a dominant influence in creating design and art.
APRIL 28 |FASHION/UNFASHION| battles between two opposing directions in art, performance, design and music: the commercial versus the rebellious. Artists explore the ever-changing cycle of trends inherent in fashion and highlight the contradictory concepts of what’s in vogue.
APRIL 29 |DRESS CODES| explores work that is influenced by different cultural groups, subcultures, demographics, politics, sex and gender identities, looking at the social significance of clothing and who we are as defined by what we wear.
This year’s special presentation includes the INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM FESTIVAL (IFFF) Preview Series titled “Fashion on Film”.As a preview to IFFF (to be launched in 2012), |FAT| and Everyone Is an Artist present a series of short films that explore fashion through moving image. Eight filmmakers collaborate with eight fashion designers to communicate fashion through narratives and conceptual videos. “Fashion on Film”includes films from designers Zoran Dobric, Pat McDonagh, Jessica Jensen and Gaudet; and Filmmakers Zenon D. Turczyn, Lynne Kamm, Thirty9 Steps, Kevin Kaners and more.
[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.
TORONTO ALTERNATIVE ARTS AND FASHION WEEK 2011
| APRIL 26 –29, 2011 | 99 SUDBURY | 6PM-12AM DAILY | WWW.GETFAT.CA |
APRIL 26-29 2011 FASHION / RUNWAY / MUSIC / PERFORMANCE / PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEO SCREENINGS
RUNWAY ROOM / EXHIBITION SPACE / MUSIC STAGE / 6PM –12AM DAILY
Showcasing 50 runway shows from national and international designers, live bands from Canada and the USA, DJ’s, performances, fashion photography, films, videos and four days of multi-sensory experiences.
APRIL 21-25 2011 THE DRESSING ROOM PROJECT
“DRESSING ROOMS 1 –7”/ 6PM –12AM
Artists transform seven spaces within the 99 Sudbury Street complex. Reflecting on fashion, clothing and vanity these installations, performances and multi-media art works invite the audience to experience the intimate settings of an artist’s creative environment.
APRIL 23 2011 SAVAGE NIGHTS Presents |FAT| Launch Party (BI0)
SECRET LOCATION (BIO) / 7PM –MIDNIGHT
A Launch Party to celebrate |FAT|’s artists, designers and collaborators.
|FAT| teams up with Everyone Is An Artist to launch the first International Fashion Film Festival (IFFF) for 2012, with a preview series of eight fashion films to screen at FAT2011.
The Goethe-Institut and |FAT| present sustainable German fashion designer Julia Knupfer and her label Ica Watermelon on April 27th as a preview to their 2012 collaboration “Focus Germany”. Looking ahead to 2012, |FAT| and The Goethe-Institut get ready to present a series of German based visual artists and designers including BerliNordik “Bright Green Design”–the biggest exhibition in Berlin on sustainable fashion during Berlin Fashion Week.
Fashion Takes Action presents designers David C. Wigley, Loft 604, Kali and Jool for the opening segment of sustainable fashion shows on April 27th. Kelly Drennan addresses the crowd to introduce the philosophy of ecofashion.
Teddy Bear Project w/ Kelly Henderson –Toronto’s artists & designers come together to individually design one-of-a-kind teddy bears that will be exhibited and auctioned off at |FAT|. All proceeds will go to SKETCH, a not-for-profit organization giving homeless and at-risk youth a safe haven to express and create to their full potential. www.sketch.ca
|FAT| and [free-them] publicly display what Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation looks like in the open, outside the veil of secrecy. On April 28th, Toronto’s Fashion and Arts communities come together at |FAT| to show support and combat injustice. For more info on [free-them] visit www.freethem.ca
|FAT| gives back to the community through a new mentorship program with Brookview Middle School. Fashion. Art. Brookview. [FAB] is a youth program that teaches adolescent girls how to find a stepping-stone towards their futurethrough workshops, lectures and engagement with the fashion industry.
|FAT| announces a new partnership with Redken as the official hair sponsor for |FAT| 2011. Redken balances its solid past of science with inspiration from the industry’s best educators and a street sense of fashion that keeps Redken on the cutting-edge.
|FAT| continues their partnerships with Indie Buzz Works who prepare some goodies for |FAT|’s gift bags, including products from Redken and Make Up For Ever, a continuing supporter of |FAT|.
OFFICIAL MEDIA VENUE OPEN APRIL 26-29 ON SITE
+ Blog, chill and network during event hours. Internet and power access for phones and laptops available.
+ Post comments on |FAT|’s media wall
+ Access to media lounge available to all accredited |FAT| media