Toronto Art + Culture Textile Fashion Exhibition ReviewHeya! A few weeks ago I visited The Textile Museum of Canada's (TMC) newest exhibition Fashioning the Intangible: the conceptual clothing of Ying Gao. I loved TMC's Geisha to Diva exhibit, and after seeing previews of Fashioning the Intangible, I couldn't wait to see Gao's creations in person.
The impressive clothing created by Canadian designer Ying Gao seem to be made out of light and air. Using materials like organza, vinyl, and latex; mixed with sensors and motors, Gao's clothing came alive. The exhibition is compromised of six installations produced between 2008 to 2013. It included two skirts that I could flip through (with gloves on) to create stories from Facebook profiles of Gao's friends. There were also pieces that gracefully moved when light was shone on it. Ying Gao was a professor at the Université du Québec a Montréal and is now the Head of Fashion, accessories and jewellery design department of the Haute école d'art et de design in Geneva, Switzerland.
I loved this exhibit! It was so cool to see how Gao created clothing that took on its own life and how she integrated other media forms and fantastical elements in her designs. I completely recommend this exhibit to all fashion lovers of all ages. Even those not interested in fashion, will be amazed at the moving flowers and light projections of Gao's designs. Fashioning the Intangible runs until September 1, 2014.
And P.s!: On Wednesday nights the Textile Museum of Canada is open late and the admission price is Pay What You Can, which includes all exhibits including Telling Stories. Also, there is a public talk about smart textiles and emotive technologies on July 16, 2014. Please visit the TMC website for more information.