What's trending for 2021? A panel of fashion experts on how the industry is evolving from this year
Watch Vanessa Craft in conversation with Jonathan Walford, George Sully and Carly Stojsic
This Is The Reset is a series of panel conversations that look to the future of Canadian art disciplines as we move past everything that has been 2020. Short versions of the panels aired as part of the final season of CBC Arts: Exhibitionists.
Fashion is a vast industry that represents countless different perspectives — and it's one that is going through a lot of changes right now. So for this edition of This Is The Reset, we brought together former Elle Canada editor-in-chief Vanessa Craft, Fashion History Museum curatorial director Jonathan Walford, designer George Sully and fashion forecaster Carly Stojsic to offer their distinct points of views on how fashion is evolving during these turbulent times.
According to Walford, a good way to see how things may evolve is to look back at how fashion was influenced by the Spanish influenza 100 years ago.
"We had also just come out of the First World War, which had changed women's roles in particular," he says. "But it also removed a lot of the formality of pre-war life. So the morning suit for gentlemen and the train evening gown for ladies [were] gone. And what ended up coming out of that whole period was a modern era of freer movement — still very glamorous, lots of beaded evening gowns. We all are familiar with that 1920s look. So is it thought that anything was lost? It just shifted."
"I think that's we're going to see our world today. When we all resurface, there will be a new norm that we will get used to probably very quickly and really appreciate the new way things are being done."
Stojsic says that she feels we are in "a hyper-culture that's consuming things at alarming rates."
"I think one of the biggest things that we're gonna see, and are starting to see, [is] eco activism, how people are spending their money differently, and where we're pressing on important issues in our real lives and how that sort of translates into the market," she says. "So people are looking at brands that are bent on sustainability and have ethical sourcing."
As a Black designer in Canada, Sully created an online index for other Black designers to help move the industry in a much-needed direction forward.
"The reason for creating Black Designers of Canada is pretty simple," Sully says. "The Black community has been marginalized when it comes to fashion. So I created something to lessen the excuses often used by the industry, like that Black designers aren't up to snuff or don't even exist.... Black Designers of Canada is a place where you have more than a hundred designers all together in one place where not only we can be counted [but] we can be seen, loved and celebrated."
Watch the full panel above, and watch the entire final season of CBC Arts: Exhibitionists on CBC Gem.