The |FAT| 2013 theme FASHION THERAPY examines the human condition and aspects of the psyche which seek resolve through fashion. Designers and artists are invited to submit their vision and interpretation on how fashion can be used as healing. This year’s theme asks the question: How does fashion impact the human condition – our mental and emotional states?
FASHION THERAPY will be presented April 23 -27, across five days of unique programming based on these five sub-themes: Drama, Craving, Escape, Crisis & Euphoria.
Condition: Consistently overreacting, exaggerating and embellishing as a way to seek attention.
Therapy: Exploring the dramatic aspects of the human psyche with fashion & art that is over-the-top, overstated, theatrical and attention seeking.
Condition: An intense desire or yearning, it is the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state.
Therapy: Art and fashion that conveys the desire for current trends, and the lust for the latest fashion obsession.
Condition: Breaking free from confinement, obtaining freedom from worry or care.
Therapy: Art and fashion that is imaginative or fantastical, expressing unique realities, cultures or places.
Condition: A point when a conflict reaches its highest tension and must be resolved.
Therapy: Art and fashion with an attitude or a message. Work that examines conflict, frustration, dysfunction, chaos and contradiction in fashion, art and our political, cultural and social environment.
Condition: Euphoria is an intense feeling of well-being, elation, happiness and excitement.
Therapy: Fashion and art that is celebratory, passionate, grand, sensual, exaggerated, wild or joyful.