‘THE GRID – Magic Squares: From Math to Material’ was definitely a “mathamagical” experience.
Students from Ryerson’s School of Fashion showcased looks inspired by the “magical squares” of ancient culture on Friday, Nov. 16. The runway was held in Ryerson’s own Image Arts Centre and featured floor-length gowns with architectural draping.
It all started with Toronto elementary school students designing their own unique squares, which Toronto high school students then turned into fabric designs and handed over to second-year Ryerson fashion design students. This collaborative process occurred last year, where some of the outfits were created in the span of three hours.
“It’s the first time math and fashion will ever be together,” says Kirthiga Rajanayagam, the producer of the show. A confusing concept, which only made sense once the models stood on cubes placed in a grid formation (this was after completing their walk down a circular runway, of course – too many shapes!).
A combination of art, math and personal style really stood out in this collection. It wasn’t about trends or seasonal colours—which seems to be the norm in the world of fashion here in Toronto—but about each designer’s own personal depiction of history, created by different ages and groups of students working collectively on a cultural yet modern look.