The Art of Fashion 2009 Design Competition & Trunk Show: Iconic Power

The Art of Fashion 2009 Design Competition & Trunk Show
The Art of Fashion 2009 Design Competition & Trunk Show

October 3 2009 @ 55 Mill Street (Buildings 6 & 7) – 7pm to 3am – FREE

Founded by Michelle Planche in 1998 due to the fact that there wasn’t much support for emerging Canadian designers at that time (compared to New York, Paris and Milan), she had envisioned for a strong home grown support system for our designers.  As a result, for 10 years, Art of Fashion (a not-for-profit organization) has continually provided a unique platform for emerging Canadian designers in which the designers themselves are exposed to the public and industry through an annual fashion event, with the main attraction being the design competition, and a seller’s trunk show.  Through their tireless efforts in supporting our home grown talent, Art of Fashion has now become the event for fashionista’s and fashionisto’s in Toronto.  And this year promises to be bigger and better.  With 10 finalists vying for 2 design awards in the competition (and not to mention being judged by prominent Canadian designers David Dixon, Shawn Hewson of Bustle Clothing & Brian Bailey) and the utterly popular trunk show, Iconic Power will once again prove to the world why our city is among the best when it comes to creativity.

Although the majority of designs and brands being exposed during this year’s event will be womenswear, menswear will still be represented…albeit it a minute contingency.  Perhaps this will change next year as menswear rightfully should be well represented at these important events.  Nevertheless, what Art of Fashion does for our city (and Canada as a whole) should be applauded.  This is vital to the growth and success of our home grown talents, and we at FRESHLY.EDUCATED.MEN will always support any organizations and individuals making an impact towards bettering Toronto.


trunk show

“This exclusive shopping extravaganza brings together an ensemble of Canada’s hottest new designers (clothing & accessories) under one roof. Participating designers will have an opportunity to meet with local media, sell their one of a kind exclusive design and network with industry guests.”

design competition

“Discover the unexpected in fashion where rising Canadian designers will showcase their Art of Fashion exclusive collections as part of the Annual Design Competition.  Only 10 of Canada’s top rising designers will be selected for a chance to participate in this career-boosting challenge.

Designers will vie for the title of Most Promising Designer and Best Exhibit by creating a collection of garments based off their interpretation of this year’s theme – “Iconic Power”.  A panel of industry judges, along with the general public, will select and award two designers with a monetary grant to help launch their business.

2009 – “Iconic Power”

Clothing has always had the power to take a person from ordinary to extraordinary. It can create a character, a persona, an icon. It is the visual embodiment of one’s values and ideals. In the Art of Fashion: Iconic Power exhibit, we will explore the fantastical world of superheroes within the realm of ready-to-wear fashion. This ‘superfashion’ collection will challenge the conventional, empower the wearer, and transform the human silhouette.”

2009 Designer Finalists:

Mikhail Moudrakovski
Mikhail Moudrakovski
Ana Niculae
Imperfect Indulgence
Danny Yau
Tea Walk- the concept store
Heidi Ackerman
Heidi Ackerman
Tara White
Kelly Henderson
Harsh Crystalis
Sheila Lam
Sheila Lam


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