Taking place on March 11th, 2017 at Centennial Hall, this year’s theme, “Avante-Garde” (translating to experimental or innovative) centers around global fashion capitals; specifically, Paris, London, Milan, and New York. Each capital serves as a home to some of the most influential fashion designers, and exhibitions. If we look back on history, each capital has brought its own unique sense of style and influence to the world of fashion. With the explosion of social media, the twenty-first century is a witness to the ever-expanding fashion industry, where emerging cities such as Tokyo, Barcelona, and Suan Juan are taking the center stage.
The theme ultimately explores the impact of fashion on cultural, political, and economic structures, as well as a city’s fundamental identity through fashion, dance, and music. Epitomizing the importance of self-expression, diversity, and originality; similar to the fashion identity engrained in each capital, we too, as individuals, use fashion as a form of self-expression and as a creative outlet.
Fashion helps us to emulate our personalities; enhancing who we are, and who we want to be perceived as. Fashion is a universal language that does not need to be taught. It’s words, sentences, and structures are something we can all come to understand. We, both as individuals and collective cities, have the opportunity to explore the endless amount of fashion possibilities and combinations.