The theme of this year’s Fashion Fallies is ‘our future is fearless’ and arts council vice-chair Erin Lynch teases a performance that is “something quite spectacular from out of town, but I can’t say as it’s top secret.”

Fashion Fallies returns in its current form to the Great Hall at the Haliburton School of Art and Design on Friday, Nov. 15.

“Always something new and different. We have to keep it interesting,” Lynch said, including having new performances.

It’s year three of Fashion Fallies, which is a partnership with the Haliburton School of Art and Design and run by The Art’s Council. Originally, the Art Hive, an artist-run co-op that was in the County for almost nine years created Fashion Fallies. The event ran for four years starting in 2007. At that time, it was hugely popular and edgy but done on a smaller scale, Lynch said.

She said The Art’s Council was looking for a signature event.


“I talked to Sandi Luck (fibre artist) who was the creator of the original Fashion Fallies and asked if she would mind if is was revamped and if she would be involved. She said yes. I work at the college and thought it would be a good partnership.”

It is quickly becoming one of the most popular events on the Haliburton County events calendar, Lynch said.

“I think that’s it edgy and different. I think people enjoy the creativity and self expression. I think it’s the same reason the burlesque ball was hugely popular. People want different types of events. It’s not just a fashion show. It’s an event, an experience with entertainment and food. It’s also a stage for people to enact their creative adornment fantasies.”

Leading up to the show, Artists in the Schools and Community hosted a graffiti workshop for youth.

“We had a graffiti artist come from Guelph teaching youth techniques. The result are the back drops for this year’s event,” Lynch said.

She said people can expect the unexpected, not just a traditional fashion show. She encourages people to dress up. She said there’ll be food, wine and beer, and it’s an “eclectic event with a diverse group of people. Unlike many events in the County, the crowd won’t be all be grey-haired. Lots of younger people involved. We have high school students, college students, faculty and students from the college and professional artists.”

Lynch said the event usually sells out but people can call the college to inquire if there are any tickets left. She gave a shout out to the many businesses sponsoring the cash prizes for the designers and for sponsoring door prizes.

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