Workwear Re-imagined

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Faye Toogood, Workers of the World Unite

Curated by Milan-based architect, designer and artist Alessandro Guerriero, Workwear re-imagines uniforms through the eyes of 40 artists, designers and architects. The installation is at Toronto Harbourfront Centre through April 23, 2017.

Extreme Film, AW13 collection by Issey Miyake and Time to work by Nacho Carbonell

Extreme Film, AW13 collection by Issey Miyake and Time to work by Nacho Carbonell

This exhibition is not a display of “work clothes” but of garments for hypothetical, imaginary positions, jobs for a new and different society.

Lumberjack by Vivienne Westwood and gardener's garb by Elio Fiorucci

Lumberjack by Vivienne Westwood and gardener’s garb by Elio Fiorucci

“What would clothes look like not only for bakers, carpenters and tailors but also for an email eraser, a butterfly engineer, the one who looks for a needle in a haystack,” the notes for the exhibition explain. Workwear is a co-production of Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto and Triennale di Milano.

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Clothes for a bearer of good news by Matteo Guarnaccia

Guerriero, the curator, originally created the exhibition to support Arkadia Onlus, an educational organization that works with young people with disabilities. Twelve designers in the exhibition provided sketches of imaginary work clothes, which were then sewed by the young people of Arkadia Onlus.

 

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