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Designing Public Image
SEPT 29, 6:30PM

 

 

This panel discussion explores the top-level coifs, lashes and ‘staches that make headlines and heads turn, featuring Toronto’s top styling masters including hair stylist Tony Masciangelo of The Alcorn, esteemed portrait photographer Christopher Wahl and Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics guest curator, Jeanne Beker. We look at how the most powerful and influential heads of state present themselves and express who they are and what they stand for through hairstyles. Plus, the panel talks about how the changing tides in political power and economic shifts have informed consumer attitudes and choices over the decades. 

Moderated by Tiyana Grulovic, fashion director at FLARE. Presented by Trade Secrets and Rusk.

About the speakers: 

TONY MASCIANGELO

The illustrious and accomplished career of Toronto's hair and makeup artist Tony Masciangelo has spanned teo decades. He began his training in Toronto and continued to Los Angeles, New York and London. He went on to cement a 10-year career with a major salon and cosmetic company that sent him travelling across North America and Europe. He is a regular contributor to magazines such as FLARE, Fashion, Elle Canada, Glamour and Vanity Fair, Masciangelo has worked with some of North America's leading photogrpahers. He was worked on shoots for Holt Renfrew, Birks and L'Oreal and his celebrity clients include Kim Cattrall, Hillary Duff, Adam Lambert, Taylor Swift and Coco Rocha. 
 

JEANNE BEKER

For over 25 years Jeanne Beker – one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry – hosted the internationally distributed television series, Fashion Television. In 2012, Beker was honoured with the prestigious Canadian Award of Distinction at the Banff World Media Festival, and also received a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the Arts & Communications category. In 2013, The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television presented her with an Academy Achievement Award for Exceptional Contributions to the Canadian Television Industry and Beker was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to the fashion industry and for her promotion of Canadian designers. Last year, the Canadian Arts & FashionAwards awarded Jeanne with the CAFA Fashion Vanguard Award for her impressive anddedicated career achievements within the Canadian fashion industry.  
 

CHRISTOPHER WAHL

Christopher Wahl is a working photographer living in Toronto, Canada. He has contributed to Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Time Magazine to name a few. He is considered the top portrait photographer in Canada. His work is part of the permanent collection of The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

 

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Design and national identity
SEPT 30, 7 - 8:30PM

 

 

A0 (ALSO Collective + Mason Studio) invites you to The Perimeter Series – a series of panel discussions on issues related to contemporary design practices, academia, and industry.

This third and final panel of our 2014 Perimeter Series tackles a topic close to home – or distant depending on your vantage point. Design and National Identity investigates the interplay between design, geography, politics, economics, history, and how they shape – and are shaped by – national identity.

This event is hosted by Design Exchange, and moderated by Shauna Levy. The panelists are:

+ Michael Prokopow, OCAD University
+ Vanessa Eckstein, Blok Design
+ Todd Falkowsky, Canadian Design Resource
+ Catherine Osborne, Azure Magazine

This event is free, but registration is required. Please register here.

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Designed to win
oct 7, 6:30PM

 

 

How does a multi-million dollar campaign become a single symbol on a button? What informs the decision to wear a beige suit or knee-length dress to a formal dinner? This panel looks at the evolution and revitalization of campaign design – everything from the stage set and logo to the power suit and shoes – and how the current political climate informs the presentation of candidates and how these choices are stimulated with intellectual veracity and professional strength. On hand to talk about their first-hand experience are communications strategist Anne O'Hagan, political consultant Jean-Michel Picher and Bruce Mau Design's Hunter Tura.

About the speakers:

ANNE O'HAGAN

Anne O’Hagan is an accomplished communications strategist, advisor and content creator with experience and expertise that cuts across disciplines. Before establishing her consultancy, Anne held successive executive positions in the entertainment industry. She began her career as a reporter at Global Television News. O'Hagan was raised in Ottawa and Washington, D.C. with politics in her blood. She has served on political staff both federal and provincially and campaigned for candidates on both sides of the 39th parallel, including John Turner, George Smitherman, Krystia Freeland and Vice President Walter Mondale. Contributing to magazines for close to 20 years, O'Hagan has written about style and design, personalities and social trends. 
 

JEAN-MICHEL PICHER

Toronto native, Jean-Michel Picher is a veteran of dozens of political campaigns in the United States and Canada. Most notably, he held key roles on the National Advance Staffs for the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John Kerry. In Canada he has served in the Prime Minister’s Office and acted as an advisor to the Liberal Party of Canada, the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Ontario Liberal Party and Ken Dryden’s Leadership campaign. Though trained as a lawyer, he has spent the bulk of his career involved in the design, production and execution of political media events. From press conferences, to retail visits, to town halls, speeches, rallies and international White House and PMO visits, he has seen how political systems, message desires and daily realities interact and inform how campaigns present themselves to the media and voters.  
 

HUNTER TURA

Hunter Tura is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Mau Design where he is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the firm, global recruiting and business development. His passion is for building truly great teams, helping develop strategies and driving growth for clients and brands. Over the course of the past 20 years, he has worked with business, cultural and design leaders from organizations such as Holt Renfrew, Estée Lauder Companies, Harvard University, Lincoln Center and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts on a range of brand initiatives. Prior to joining BMD, Tura was Managing Director at 2x4, Inc., responsible for leading operational and strategic business efforts in the U.S. and China, and previously was a designer at Rockwell Group in New York and has worked in the office of AMO/Rem Koolhaas. Tura is currently a member of the Board at the Van Alen Institute, a Trustee of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance in Manhattan, and a member of the Editorial Board for TASSMEEM, published by VCUQatar & the Qatar Foundation.

 

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FAMILY DAYS
OCT 19, NOV 16, DEC 7

 

 

Held once a month during the run of Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics, Family Sunday invites children, parents and caregivers to explore and engage with the exhibition. Each program features drop-in, hands-on design activities for all ages led by DX educators. Plus, make it a memorable experience with our exhibition-themed photobooth!

During Family Sunday hours, exhibition admission is free for up to two adults accompanying children under 12.

DXTALKS
Style + SUbstance
OCT 28, 6:30PM

 

 

Inspired by Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics, this rapid-fire presentation – where each speaker talks about 20 slides for 20 seconds each – features trendsetters, tastemakers and creatives who discuss their fashion inspirations and favourite iconic styles and moments. In six minutes and 40 seconds, presenters answer: What is style? How do they approach and apply style at work and at home? This talk is hosted by the impeccably stylish interior designer, Tommy Smythe.

Speakers include:

Suzanne Boyd, editor-in-chief at Zoomer Magazine

Nolan Bryant, columnist at The Globe and Mail

Alex McLeod, artist 

Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill, co-founders of Greta Constantine

Jagmeet Singh, MPP Bramalea - Gore - Malton

Roslyn Griffith Hall, stylist

Susie Sheffman, fashion/creative director

Stefano Pujatti, architect 

+ MORE

 

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The ART OF CONTROVERSY
NOv 17, 6:30PM

 

 

Erik Ravelo, a creative director at Fabrica, the Benetton Group's communication research centre, speaks with award-winning journalist Tara Sutton about his activism art, visual communication expertise and his design process for the company's controversial, socially conscious campaigns.

 

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CURATOR's TOUR
oct 21, nov 11, dec 9, jan 6

 

 

Join us on Oct 21, Nov 11, Dec 9 and Jan 6 for a guided walk through of Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politcs with guest curator Jeanne Beker and DX curator Sara Nickleson. Learn about the exhibition’s inspiration, the major contributions made by participating designers and collectors, and the criteria that guided the curators’ sartorial selections.

Curators’ Tour groups meet in front of the reception desk in the main lobby.

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DXPARTIES
PARTY POLITICS
NOV 26, 6-9PM

 

 

Strike a pose at our posh party on November 26! Eat, drink, dance and mingle. DJ Mama Knows drops the beats and artist Cameron Lee joins us with s special feature. Plus, hit the after-party at Drake One Fifty

 

CAMERON LEE

Cameron Lee is a Toronto artist, curator and DJ. Cameron performs, builds, collects and combines using humour, making familiarity feel strange. Cameron is one-third of DJ collective Body Interface (regularly hosted at Bambi’s), is the curator for the monthly art, food and music event Feast in the East, and a founding member of Toronto gallery 8-Eleven. Cameron’s sculptural work was recently shown at The Power Plant, in an exhibition curated by Micah Lexier.

For Party Politics, Lee brings Instant Fashion Show to DX. This ongoing project invites guests to bring along clothing, costumes, fabric and accessories with the intent to trade, style and share, spending little to no money. The project has roots in clothing swaps between friends, often ending with a modelling of chosen items in a fashion show presentation. The first Instant Fashion Show was initiated by Toronto artists Karen Azoulay and Joel Gibb in 2002. DJs play music to build the participants’ energy and loosen their inhibitions. Instant Fashion Show joyfully thumbs its nose at convention, in a free exchange of goods and ideas about how to express yourself through fashion and music.

Party Politics attendees may observe the performance, or participate by bringing an accessory and/or laundered item of clothing to swap.
 

ANNI ARAJO SPADAFORA

Anni Araujo Spadafora is a DJ and mixed media artist based in Toronto. She was recently an artist in residence at NES Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. She has been a regular DJ at the AGO's First Thursdays series and her band New Fries is set to release their first album with Pleasence Records in this fall.

 

This is a 19+ event.

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