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New U of A exhibit shows how print fashions reflect social fabric – Folio

by ahnationtalk on November 29, 201893 Views

November 27 2018

Fashion in Print showcases evolving dress styles over 300 years to explore how we see ourselves and the world through what we wear.

Those paisley scarves and plaid shirts are more than just pretty faces in your closet—they’re also a reflection of the times.

We love print fabrics for their visual pop, but on a deeper level, they can reflect social patterns, said Anne Bissonnette, co-curator of Fashion in Print, a new University of Alberta exhibit opening tomorrow.

“Fashion is a strong non-verbal language, and prints are part of its vocabulary; they are so broad, so universal,” Bissonnette said. “For instance, were the people in their pink pussyhats saying something? Prints can be used to represent real societal debates.”

Beyond old-fashioned polka dots and modern geometric designs are deeper questions about how we see ourselves and the world through what we choose to wear, Bissonnette noted. “It’s part of our self-performance.”

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