Moral Fibre: Dress Codes from Purity to Wickedness

The Textile Museum of Canada
July 17, 2002 – January 19, 2003

Installation view.

Installation view.

Curatorial assistance provided to Max Allen.

Moral Fibre: Dress Codes from Purity to Wickedness takes you on a provocative tour, revealing the symbolism of clothing and textiles through different times, places, politics, styles and trends. Through an exposé of textiles and clothing from both Canadian fashion designers and the Museum’s historic collection, Moral Fibre decodes the meanings behind the clothes we wear. Contributing fashion designers include Pam Chorley (Fashion Crimes), Nicole Cooper, Dianna di Noble (Starkers), Sandra Huculiak (Heretic), Marty Rotman (Northbound Leather) and Karen Simpson & Sandra Chirico (Ritual Designs). The exhibition also features a collection of advertisements and photographs, including ones from Toronto photographers Raoul and Dan Couto, because sometimes clothes speak more clearly when worn by a living person.

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