Friday, April 10th, 2009
by Daniel Wilson
Photos from the Deandra Buckley show
Student fashion shows are awesome: there’s usually a ton of creativity and eye candy to take in! But one of the best is Ryerson School of Fashion’s Mass Exodus – it’s a fantastic, high-budget presentation of the Ryerson Fashion Program’s graduating student work. The production of the show is stellar, with the theatre, tech and fashion students all working together. The venue, the theatre at Ryerson, is not the best for a runway show, but fortunately I sat in the front row and caught some spectacular student work.
Overall, its great to see the transition from student into professional in the presentation and to get a peek at what tomorrow’s tastemakers will have in store for us.
There were so many great mini-collections and although most of them were presentable and professional (due of course to strict editing standards), these were some of my favorites:
TorontoStreetFashion can admit to being a little bias towards our friend Chassandre, but even still, her MassEx collection met and exceeded our expectations! She deftly handled some strong Victorian influences while incorporated styling and some unique twists to make the pieces thoroughly modern, (the bowler hats were a great touch, very Comme des Garcon). The exquisite attention to detail made the quality of the pieces obvious even from afar.
This totally blew my mind. Amazing Edward Gorey dresses as imagined by Tim Burton on acid. One model came out in stilts which was terrific and set the show apart.
Virginia Woolf goes a little glam in this collection with a fantastic long tiered dress paired with a cropped leather jacket and a great belted chunky cardigan. Perfect for the modern poet.
Amazing skirt and hoodie in this simple, elegant, Japanese inspired collection. Love the barefoot models!