At the Fashion & Design Festival on August 25, LaSalle College presented the EXPO_NOW fashion show. The “fashiontainment” showcased student creations from the International School of Fashion, Arts and Design in a contemporary interpretation of Expo 67.
EXPO_NOW offered a unique happening directed by Alix Dufresne and Andrew McNally, journalist, stylist and teacher at LaSalle College.
Taking inspiration from the visionary and creative spirit of Expo 67, the show takes an open, exploded and positive look at the present and the future.
Eight scenes, presenting over one hundred looks, lit up the main runway at Montreal’s Place des Festivals. Starting with an act in sixties colors, the dancers quickly set the scene, bursting onto the stage and spray painting the letters EXPO_NOW.
The scenes came one after the other, referencing different themes of openness and innovation from Expo 67: multiculturalism, architecture and geometry, sexual identity, new technologies, environment, etc. With EXPO_NOW, LaSalle College imagined what the expo would have been today, with its themes and eyes on the future.
The scene even included a dancer moving along the runway within an enormous plastic bag. The models spilled a thick, gold liquid over her, recalling the environmental waste threatening us.
The fashiontainment became increasingly modern, finishing with a musical explosion. Rappers Random Recipe and Bad Nylon, with Sarahmée, Donzelle, Hua Li, Jkyll and Tali, put their heart and soul in the finale, reprising the Expo 67 theme song.
At the heart of the Place des Festivals, festival-goers were also able to visit the LaSalle College and Inter-Dec College kiosk. They could admire creative projects from students and graduates, in a display inspired by the Expo 67 design.
There’s no doubt that EXPO_NOW gave attendees a dazzling visual and auditory experience. We can’t wait for the next show!