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Fashion Meets Politics in Design Exchange Exhibit

 

Pierre Trudeau paper dress and anti-war jacket. Photos courtesy of Design Exchange.

Fashions displayed in “Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics” at the Design Exchange. Photos courtesy of Design Exchange.

TO JANUARY 25  It’s universally acknowledged that the clothes we wear, in addition to being purely functional, offer insight into our personal identity. More broadly, fashion trends can also be a reflection of social mores and political values. This season at the Design Exchange, guest curator Jeanne Beker peeks into the wardrobes of iconic fashion designers and pulls out pieces that have made important political statements over the past 50 years. The striking garments—ranging from disposable paper dresses with portraits of Bobby Kennedy and Pierre Trudeau to androgynous designs by Montreal’s Rad Hourani to the famous identity-subsuming masks of Maison Martin Margiela—lend both style and substance to longstanding ethical debates, gender issues, anti-war activism and more. —Craig Moy

• Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., 416-363-6121; dx.org
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