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Ying Gao - Future Visions

Posted by Suzanne D. / November 27, 2013

Woody Allen once said, "Those who can't, teach". I'm not sure that Ying Gao, a distinguished professor from UQAM's Ecole superiure de mode and a groundbreaking fashion designer would agree.

After spending her formative years in China and Switzerland, Gao moved to Montreal where she has flourished. After completing her fashion studies in both Geneva and Montreal, she took a good look at the road ahead of her and realized that the modern "knock-off method" of design the fashion industry employs would never satisfy her need to create, and so she continued her studies by completing a Masters in Multimedia at UQAM and applying her now diverse technical knowledge to fashion.

Running until December 15, Le Centre de design de l'UQAM, in collaboration with Renee Baert, is presenting a retrospective of Gao's work. There are no excuses for missing this artist's work that has been featured in everything from Vice to Vogue, Wired to Juxtapoz and Wallpaper to Time magazines. The number of artists that can boast this kind of cross sectional attention is fractional and is a testament to Gao's talent and appeal.

Although we sadly won't be able to see her stunning glass purse created in 2010, we will be able to experience the wonders of her simple, beautiful and seemingly alive clothing. Wired to react to sound, movement and light, many of the clothes seem to breathe and twitch as you walk by or laugh just a little too loud. Clothes not wired for interaction are made from unexpected fabrics like medical-grade latex, medicated cotton, and featherlight "super organza." They're just as captivating to behold.

If you're a fan of innovative fashion design, try to catch this exhibition, you'll definitely leave with a sense of wonder and inspiration.

Le Centre de design de l'UQAM
1440 Sanguinet St.
Thursday, Nov. 14 to Dec. 15.
Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Free admission



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