Saturday, November 15, 2008

EXHIBITION: The Cutting Edge at The Textile Museum (November 19-July 7, opening reception: November 19)

New Exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada:
November 19, 2008 - July 7, 2009
Curated by Patricia Bentley

Opening reception: Wednesday November 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Remarks at 6:45 pm.

Drawing primarily from the Textile Museum of Canada's global collection The Cutting Edge tells the story of the garment - designed to protect, cover and beautify the body. From ancient uncut fabric, ornately decorated and flowing kimono to heavily pieced and shaped European garments, The Cutting Edge shows the transitions of fashion through time and around the world.

The exhibition, focusing on the process of making a 2-dimensional textile cover a 3-dimensional moving object (the body), is an exploration of human ingenuity. While its manufacturing is a feat of engineering, a garment's capability to carry and translate meaning is even more fascinating.

The Cutting Edge will explore clothing as communicator. Whether overtly reflective of cultural beliefs and attitudes or subtly suggestive and ambiguous, how we choose to dress is filled with meaning. The exhibition explores this idea through examining the differences between men's and women's garments as well as what parts of the body are concealed, revealed or exaggerated - always with a global perspective.

The discussion of fashion would not be complete without a long, hard look into the future. Fashion can be a conforming element reinforcing societal attitudes, but at the same time fashion can be revolutionary. The Cutting Edge features TMC artifacts in conversation with contemporary objects that range from the haute couture of Issey Miyake and Yoshiki Hishinuma, to the fashion designs of Rashmi Varma and Yumi Eto and the work of artists Lyn Carter and Lily Yung.

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto ON M5G 2H5


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