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Student Experience

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Gender and Queer Studies

Alysia Myette’s MRP, “Fluid: A Critical Examination of Queer Artists and their Clothing Choices”, combines the perspective of six local practicing queer artists in Toronto in one short film. The research for this project is influenced by a critical framework informed by Judith Butler, Michel Foucault and Maarit Mäkelä. Using these perspectives, and documentary practice, Myette’s MRP takes a critical look at the intersections of identity and fashion in the queer creative community.

Modest Fashion

Romana Mirza’s MRP, “Women’s Undercover: Exploring the Intersectional Identities of Muslim Women through Modest Fashion” examines Muslim women’s intersectional identities by studying their fashion consumption practices. The goal of this work is to uncover new insights about the relationship between women, modesty and their Western identities, to advance diversity in women’s fashion, as well as to understand how digital storytelling can be utilized to disseminate fashion studies research.

Vogue Article: The Multi Billion-Dollar Modest Fashion Industry That's Gone Global
Fashioning Decolonization, a collaborative installation starting on June 6th to June 30th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in The Catalyst at Faculty of Communication and Design

Fashioning Decolonization

Presley Mills’s MRP, “Fashioning Decolonization: Telling Stories of Canadian Indigenous Women Through Fashion Hacking” resulted into a Collaborative Installation showing the work of six indigenous women who took part in a fashion hacking workshop to explore their personal interpretation of decolonization. The clothing displayed tells unique indigenous perspectives and how fashion can be a personal act 

Fashion History

Elizabeth Emily Mackey’s MRP, “Crowned Sisters: Object Analysis of Court Dress During Queen Alexandra and Empress Marie Feodorovna’s Influential Reigns” is a reawakening of her first love in history, Russian and English culture at the turn of the twentieth century. Utilizing object-based research, she compared two gowns, one belonging to Queen Alexandra, currently stored at the Royal Ontario Museum , and another gown which met Russian court gown standards, stored at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In comparing these two gowns Mackey uncovered the ways in which wealth and power were expressed through clothing in a court hierarchy setting.

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Fashion Scenography

Parker O’Connor’s MRP, “Displaying Fashion: The Scenography of Fashion in Retail and Museums” is an installation challenging the convergence of fashion retail and exhibition space. In the 2019 experience economy, both museums and retailers are increasingly becoming similar in their design in attempts of attracting consumers. Is it okay that both of these spaces are becoming indistinguishable? What are the implications of these similarities in design?

Quantitative Analysis of Fast Fashion

Emilie Chan’s MRP, “Understanding Online Fast Fashion Evaluative Cues” aims to understand the value of evaluative cues by Generation Y and Z consumers when shopping online for fast fashion. Chan primarily used quantitative data and analysis.

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Social Media Influence

Laurence Fortin-Côté’s MRP, “About Narrative: A Study on the use of Narrative in Fashion Design” examines the construction of narratives in fashion design. The intent is to explore how narratives emerge and how they impact the process of creation and making of fashion artefacts. Fortin-Côté has slowly carved her way into the fashion industry, starting as a content creator on Instagram, building her reputation and credibility in the Toronto fashion scene. She is currently an Assistant Fashion Director at Hudson’s Bay Company.