In order to fully understand the holistic storytelling that is woven into each collection, students propose that fashion needs to be digested. Many of the collections develop a unique language or perspective that can only be revealed through tactile presence and interactive experiences. The school’s principles of decolonization, inclusivity, and sustainability guide students to navigate their own paths and explore beyond the standard conventions of ready-to-wear, i.e., expanding to niche markets that resonate with their stories like childrenswear, art-to-wear, lingerie, or costume design.
Existing beyond the fashion capitals, Toronto seeks to develop its own distinctive fashion language in an industry that is getting smaller as a result of the lack of resources and opportunities in the city. “I don’t think we’re getting promoted enough,” P.Y. Chau, contract lecturer of the Toronto Metropolitan University, says. “Even government-wise, we don’t get grants like in Europe and we don’t have enough funding.” In response, here are 11 students confronting this hurdle by encouraging a more local, alternative and slower future — fashion with intention and sincerity.