Kaleidoscopic Animalia combines rare, never-before-seen artifacts from Glenbow’s vault, historical clothing from Glenbow’s collection and couture gowns and costumes designed by Hardy.
“Using our artifacts, I found that really interesting and visually it is a beautiful show,” Glenbow employee Audrey Gahrus said.
Animals are juxtaposed with iconic couture fashion. Hardy took historic artifacts from the Glenbow and curated an exhibit rich in history and cultural influence.
“It’s really interesting. I like his interpretation,” exhibit observer Shannon Lanigan said.
“The history through fashion, it really is an amazing way that he’s taken it into context.”
Through Kaleidoscopic Animalia, Hardy presents an array of animal-inspired artifacts and artworks, using fashion from different cultures and eras.
Using animals, Hardy mixes artifacts to portray the influence animals have had in the fashion industry over various eras.
Fashion blogger and graphic designer Marisha Bhuiyen, who visited the exhibit, said she was absolutely amazed at Hardy’s creativity.
“It is an absolutely stunning mix of different lifestyles during different time periods filled with beautiful fashion pieces that strongly reflect those aspects of each display,” Bhuiyen said.
Canadian born and raised, Hardy established his fashion career in 2002 after his opening show during the Toronto Fashion Week.
Since then, Hardy has made a name for himself as one of the most iconic Canadian fashion figures of his generation.
Also working in interior design and costume design, Hardy used his skills to curate the entire exhibit to portray the relationship between animals and people in a symbolic and artistic expression of many cultures.
The Glenbow’s and Hardy’s intentions with Kaleidoscopic Animalia are to prompt conversations and discussion about consumption, conservation, creation, inspiration art and design. The exhibit runs through Sept. 5.