invitation – performative lecture “Silhouettes and Signals” at The Drake Hotel on March 16

drawing,events,fashion in canada,illustration,live drawing,performance art,toronto — Danielle on February 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm


After flying back from live sketching the runways of New York fashion week, I hit the ground sketching in Toronto with a series inspired by the Queen Street West style, currently installed at The Drake Hotel. It was an interesting challenge to draw three times larger than I usually do, inverting the usual value scheme by drawing on black paper, and focusing more closely on the silhouettes by reducing my palette to a single colour.

Now that live sketching fashion shows isn’t as unique as it once was, I want to stretch the skills I’ve acquired practicing this technique, combined with my speaking experiences, to create something new. In that spirit, I’m doing something different at The Drake Hotel on March 16th to kick off fashion week in Toronto.

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Images Courtesy: Bryan Da Silva/The Drake Hotel

“Silhouettes and Signals” will be a performative lecture combining live sketching on the iPad (using the Paper app) with a trend-theory lecture – sort of a Final Fashion post “in real life”. We’ll be examining various historical silhouettes and discuss identifying social attitudes through style. Sketching my way from the distant past to the 21st century, I’ll discuss how the shapes we make with our clothing are visual manifestations of ideas about sex, politics, money, youth, class, taste and other fun stuff, and even put my skin in the game with a few predictions.

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What: “Silhouettes and Signals” live sketching lecture

Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto

When: March 16th, 2014 at 2pm

Admission: $10

This is the first time I’ve ever done such a thing (although my talk at Apple Soho was definitely moving in this direction), so it will be a novel opportunity for the style-curious citizens in Toronto to see an experimental performance and kick off Toronto Fashion Week in a weirder way than usual. Please come!

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Images Courtesy: Bryan Da Silva/The Drake Hotel


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    1. Danielle, how wonderful! Your career forges impressively ahead & I’m loving the path you’re creating! Absolutely wonderful,keep on going. Unfortunately Sydney is a distance too far from Toronto to attend this very interesting looking event but best wishes for your continued success.

      Comment by Rosie — February 27 2014 @ 7:36 pm
    2. Rosie, thanks so much for your encouragement!

      Comment by Danielle — February 28 2014 @ 6:45 pm
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    5. I would have loved to attend this event if I were in Toronto! I’m so interested in constructed silhouettes for the human form. How wonderful you can combine your interest in history with your ability to draw! Well done. I hope it was a success.

      Comment by Donna Cameron — March 29 2014 @ 8:01 pm

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