McQueen hits GoSA

The Gallery of Student Art (GoSA) has a new exhibit opening this week. Wear is You: An exhibition homage to Alexander McQueen will be showing from Oct.11-21.

Alexander McQueen, the renowned British fashion designer, passed away early last year. McQueen created clothing that was not just artistic, but innovative and provocative as well. Wear is You will showcase works that pay homage to the late McQueen, drawing inspiration from the designer’s body of work to create a wearable garment.

The interesting twist to Wear is You is that these garments are being put together by students as part of a sculpture class.

Typically GoSA hosts the work of just one University of Manitoba student artist. This time around, however, work from a larger group of students studying sculpture at the U of M will be featured.

In an interview with the Manitoban, fine arts student Karen Hanan addressed the challenge of approaching this assignment.

“Creating something for someone to wear has definitely been a challenge. One of the greatest things about sculpture is it is about problem solving, and I’ve approached this project as an exciting opportunity to creatively solve the problems that arise, especially those that pertain to how to structurally and aesthetically design a functioning garment to adorn someone’s body.”

Oct. 11 is opening night, and to kick off the exhibition, Wear is You will be putting on a “fashion show style spectacle,” where the wearable pieces from the exhibit will be modeled.

“From what I have seen,” said Hanan, “every piece that will be in the exhibit in GoSA is very interesting, and there’s a broad range of subject matter that will be presented. The show on Tuesday night will be a different sort of fashion show type experience; those who show up will hopefully be compelled by what they see and will be interested in knowing what each piece is all about.”
The fashion show starts at 7 p.m., University Centre.

If for some reason you are unable to make it to the opening, be sure you check out the exhibit, which will remain in GoSA, 105 University Centre, for the remainder of the week.