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A Talk by Fashion Historian Akiko Fukai
Director and Chief Curator of the Kyoto Costume Institute

From Wabi-Sabi to Kawaii?
Looking at Japanese Art and Culture

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 pm

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Admission: free (rsvp required)
Language: English  

Akiko Fukai is a leading fashion historian of Japan and has been Associate Professor of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto), Professor of Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, and a lecturer at the University of Tokyo and Rikkyo University.  
Her curatorial achievements include several major international exhibitions such as Revolution in Fashion, Fashion in Colors, Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered, and Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion She is the author and editor of many books including Japonism in Fashion (Heibonsha, 1994), Fashion (Taschen, 2002), The Century of Fashion (Heibonsha, 2005), and Reading Fashion from Pictures (PHP Institute, 2009). Fukai has also been the recipient of a special prize awarded by the Academy of Japonism in Japan (2000), an honorable doctorate degree of the National University of Ochanomizu (2004), and a Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award, Japan (2008).  
Co-presented by Textile Museum of Canada and The Japan

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Comrags Designs for Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull


Toronto label Comrags has designed the wardrobe for The Chekhov Collective’s production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.

The world of fashion and theatre are finally colliding once again. The designers, Judy Cornish and Joyce Gunhouse, have used their fashion design processes and a lot of actual Comrag “rags” to produce this wardrobe ensemble for the cast of 10. Using second hand clothing and materials from Comrags own line, they have re-created the 19th Century Russian countryside. The collaboration is a great reminder that the relationship between fashion and the stage is still alive. It has been a while since the collaborative efforts of Coco Chanel and the Ballet Russes Sergei Diaghilev, but it is nice to see the world of costume and fashion working together again.

The production of The Seagull runs from March 7th to March 23rd at the Berkeley Street Theatre. For more information about this event go to:!about/c139r

Canadian Screen Awards Nominees

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television celebrated the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards on March 9th.

CAFTCAD is proud to mention the members who have been nominated for these prestigious awards. Congratulations to:

Winner of Best Costume Design (Television) Debra Hanson for Bomb Girls- Party Line
Lea Carlson for The Colony
Laurie Drew for Orphan Black- Instinct
Gersha Phillips The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Delphine White for Copper- The Hudson River School

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Hollywood Costume Exhibition

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
November 9th 2013 – February 17th 2014
Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK and hosted by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, USA, this exhibit is a culmination of iconic costume pieces from a century of films. Films include: The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince among many others. This is a rare opportunity to see costume pieces this close and a great exhibition not to be missed.
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Fashion History Museum

Founded in 2004, the Fashion History Museum recently opened a permanent exhibition space in Cambridge, Ontario. With a collection spanning over 8000 garments, dating from the 1600s to present day, this space truly is expanding the knowledge and understanding of fashion and costume design alike.
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