Canadian Fashion Takes the Spotlight at the THEN NOW NEW Retrospective at Yorkville Village

Published On: September 30th, 2017Tags: , , , , , 2.8 min read
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THEN NOW NEXT engages visitors with more than 100 pieces of archival history, through couture to the future of fashion. From Karsh to Scaasi, Evangelista to Beker – the exhibit stitches together a multimedia tapestry of our iconic forerunners and emerging futurists, to frame Canada’s impact on the international style scene spanning the last fifteen decades. THEN NOW NEXT is opened to the public on September 13 and runs until November 10 — on weekdays and Saturdays from 10:30 am-7:00 pm and on Sundays from 11:00 am-5:00 pm — at Yorkville Village, 87 Avenue Road in downtown Toronto. Directed by veteran fashion authority, Iris Simpson, curated by Fashion History Museum and designed by international events specialist, Jeffry Roick of McNabb Roick, the exhibit affords Canadians of all ages an opportunity to honor and share Canada’s legacy, import and influence on fashion.

Canada’s impressive roster of creators, contributors and range of output extends well beyond design into all areas of fashion and lifestyle production and promotion,” explained Len D. Henry, creator of MODECANADA150 and founder of Delectant Media. “This is Canada’s year, and on September 13 fashion comes home. Our actors and musicians have been doing it for a while. Now it’s time for fashion to stand up and be counted amongst our stellar exports.”

“Yorkville Village is proud to sponsor the THEN NOW NEXT exhibit. We are honoured to support the Canadian fashion, style and design communities, while underscoring their many valued contributions which have landed us on the world map,” said Gregory Menzies, executive vice president at First Capital Realty and project lead for Yorkville Village. “The retrospective is the perfect fit for our brand and a superb way to celebrate Canada’s contribution to the world of style.”

THEN NOW NEXT is part of MODECANADA150, a calendar of high-visibility events designed to promote Canada’s brightest stars and programmed to bolster and grow Canada’s fashion industry, nationally and globally. MODECANADA150 actively connects Canadians with our iconic stars and introduces us to diverse young entrepreneurs exploring new norms, techniques and technologies.

The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) — marking its 30th year of mentoring and promoting young fashion entrepreneurs — is the initiative’s exclusive not-for-profit beneficiary. TFI will apply proceeds toward micro grants to subsidize onsite residencies, amplify membership outreach and benefits nationally.

“I’m beyond thrilled that our non-profit organization has been named the sole beneficiary of MODECANADA150,” said Susan Langdon, executive director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator. “We’re delighted and honoured to participate in this exciting event and exhibition.”

“I’m humbled and privileged to have been able to assemble such an incredibly stellar team of partners, patrons, advisory, producers and creators, who have passionately come together to bring our stars together for Canada,” added Mr. Henry. “It’s an exciting program and one with many facets for Canadians to take note of.”

THEN NOW NEXT runs through the fall in prelude to the pinnacle, Oh Canada! Gala spectacular hosted by Quebec television personality, Geneviève Borne and Entertainment Tonight co-anchor, Cameron Mathison on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Tickets for the star-studded gala will be available for purchase at the THEN NOW NEXT exhibit and online.