Fashion students go post-digital in this year’s Untitled show

“‘I sacrificed my creativity for this shirt!” was sprawled across the back of a dress featured in this year’s Fashion Promotion class fashion show Untitled.

Third-year fashion communication students in the fashion promotion class debuted their first show of the year in the Rogers Communications Centre on Friday, Nov. 17. Next semester, the class will also produce Ryerson’s annual fashion show Mass Exodus.

“This year, our class theme is post-digital, meaning we’re realizing the negative sides that digitalization brings into our lives [and] we’re looking for alternatives to turn to, so we’re focusing on human interaction versus a digital installation,” says Tiffany Wan, the installation lead.

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The show is set around the Big Shirt project completed in first year of the fashion program, where students are required to make a white button-up shirt from scratch following specific instructions.

“It would take 30 hours to make, but it was a bonding experience for us. This show celebrates the journey that made us stronger,” says Melissa Dunphy, the storytelling lead.

The show featured two parts: an installation, followed by the fashion show.

“The dance they’re going for is called ‘contact improvisation,’” said Wan. Contact improvisation uses the movement of kinetic energy from one body to another.

After the installation, the models marched through the doors wearing white button-up shirts styled and alternated in various ways. Taking on a blank canvas, they each added personality to each look, rebelling against the original purpose of the Big Shirt project.  

“I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was really pleasantly surprised, and I was really excited to go because I love seeing other people’s perspectives and seeing other creative’s work.” Sarah Bauman, a member of the audience, noted after the show.

According to Dunphy,  it was a learning curve for the students who participated in the production of the event.

“It’s actually quite difficult working with friends. The biggest thing I’ve learned is balancing your peers but also making sure everything gets done.” Dunphy says.

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