Last week was a pretty big week for CanadaFashionLaw. The week started with a publication in the University of Toronto Alumni magazine authored by yours truly that looks at the wider ramifications of the fashion industry. Next up, CanadaFashionLaw participated in a heated debate at the Royal Ontario Museum with fashion heavy hitters including Jeanne Beker, which garnerd significant media coverage. Finally, the week ended with a trip to Chicago for a fashion law symposium at the John Marshall Law School, where CanadaFashionLaw participated in a comparative panel that looked at protecting fashion designs in Canada, America and Mexico.
All in all, it was a fantastic fashion law week!
CanadaFashionLaw has some interesting speaking engagements coming up in the Spring across North America. If you happen to be in Toronto, Chicago or Dallas (yee-haw), feel free to drop by any of the upcoming events to talk shop:
1. Fashion Crimes at the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto)
CanadaFashionLaw will be joining fashion gurus, Jeanne Beker, Jeremy Laing, Robert Ott and Nicholas Mellamphy at the Royal Ontario Museum to discuss hot topics in the fashion industry on April 10, 2013.
If you’re interested in joining in on the discussion, you can find more information here
2. John Marshall Law School Fashion and Design Law Symposium (Chicago)
has been helping some very eager law students across the border set up their first fashion law symposium. It’s great to be around such positive and enthusiastic people. If you’re in the mid-west, feel free to join us on April 12. You find more about this event by clicking here
3. Fashion Law Roundtable at the International Trademarks Association’s AGM (Dallas)
CanadaFashionLaw will be hosting a roundtable discussion on how intellectual property laws can be used to protect fashion designs on May 8, 2013. Although this roundtable has sold out (on the first day!), CanadaFashionLaw would love to meet up with anyone else attending the INTA AGM.
It looks like it’s going to be a busy couple of months. What to wear, what to wear?!
CanadaFashionLaw was delighted to be given an exclusive invitation to the Royal Ontario Museum’s preview event of its newest installation in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume, BIG. The exhibit showcases 40 articles from the ROM’s collection of nearly 50,000 textiles and costumes.
During the event, Dr. Alexandra Palmer (the exhibit’s curator) talked about her vision for the Gallery. This, in particular, piqued CanadaFashionLaw’s interest. She gets it. Fashion and textiles go beyond “pretty”. Fashion and textiles reflect significant cultural and social values that change with the times. Does a woman’s corset represent more than a strong desire for an hour-glass shape? Is it that different from the ancient Chinese tradition to bind women’s feet to maintain a 7.5 cm length? The exhibit spans different cultures and time periods and allows the audience to draw their own conclusions. If you’re looking for a little modern day controversy, the exhibit displays one of John Galliano’s last haute couture dresses he created at the Dior house before his dismissal. (CanadaFashionLaw previously covered this case. If you need a refresher, click here).
Dr. Palmer enthusiastically explained that the ROM wishes to be a catalyst and a forum to foster innovation, conversation and debate for the fashion and textiles community. It was clear that through the ROM, Dr. Palmer’s infectious energy and enthusiasm will help shape the voice of the Canadian fashion industry.
CanadaFashionLaw strongly encourages you to check out the ROM’s BIG exhibit, which will be open until Fall 2013.