Mark Fast’s knit dress, on display until June 20 at Brookfield Place at Bay and Wellington. Illustration by Ayalah Hutchins.
In Mark Fast’s The Ascension of Beauty, knotted white ropes hang from the ceiling, framing one of the designer’s signature knit dresses. The effect is of an enormous cat’s cradle—or a surrealistic knitting machine. It’s a fittingly fascinating installation from a designer whose name is on the fashion industry’s collective lips.
Originally from outside of Winnipeg, Fast moved to London to attend Central Saint Martins, then launched his eponymous line in 2009. His Spring 2010 show caused a stir when he sent plus-size models in his clingy spiderweb dresses down the runway. He followed up the buzz with an ANDAM prize nomination (along with fellow Canadian Calla Haynes) and a much-awaited capsule collection for TopShop, which launches on July 7.
Click through for photos of the installation, courtesy of Luminato.