Tag Archives: Fashion

Digital Agency and Resistance from Tank Magazine

by Joanna Chaffin


The last time that I went to pick up a magazine, I was immediately drawn to Tank. It’s not the easiest magazine in the world to come by, especially in Canada, as it’s published in the UK, but definitely worth a read if you get your hands on it. When flipping through the Spring 2014 issue titled “Complicity,” I couldn’t help but notice the emphasis that was put on digitization and technology. It seemed that with every new article I was being referred to a different page which told me how to “bring the magazine to life” by downloading an app that would allow me to watch videos which correspond to the article. Continue reading

Acne, Jeff Wall, and Normcore: Examining the Mundane

by Joanna Chaffin


Normcore as a term has been getting a lot of buzz lately, usually describing the resurgence and popularity of dressing, well, normal. A trend in fashion that seems sort of ridiculous, normcore, favours the everyday silhouettes, brands and shapes that are usually not given a second glance. What some might say is the “anti-fashion” seems to be very in-fashion at the moment. Continue reading

Stepping into Performance – A High Fashion Hybrid from Rick Owens’ Vicious

by Joanna Chaffin


Aggression, rebellion, and breaking down barriers have all been notions intertwined in the work of performance art. Live action performance in art has stood to provoke an audience, make them cringe, scared and generally elicit a strong emotional reaction. From Marina Abromovic to Chris Burden to Yoko Ono, performance is something that tends to stick with us because of it’s oftentimes a ‘shock to the system’ due to the medium itself. Continue reading

Fashion as Art: From Miuccia to the Met

by Joanna Chaffin

Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010). Dress, autumn,winter 2010–11. Courtesy of Alexander McQueen. Photograph, Copyright Solve Sundsbo Art + Commerce

Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010). Dress, autumn/winter 2010–11. Courtesy of Alexander McQueen. Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

I can’t help but feel a slight stigma when telling people that I love fashion or even have aspirations to work within the industry. Is it the elitist frivolity in the ever-changing nature that tells you one minute something’s in and the next minute there’s a new black? Well consider my delight when such cultural institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and the Whitney Museum of Art started recognizing contemporary fashion as an upheld artistic practice worthy of exhibition in a precious gallery. Could it be that designers such as Miuccia Prada, Lee Alexander McQueen or Jean Paul Gaultier are worthy of the same platform as the likes of Vincent van Gogh or Rembrandt? Continue reading

Being [No]body

As part of Satellite Gallery’s ongoing effort to provide learning opportunities for students, we are happy to be part of a class project created by five SFU students from the Faculty of Contemporary Art. Sheena Clark, Eliza Nguyen, Sebastian Laskowski, Rachael Nakamura, and Tina Shabani curated a hypothetical exhibition called Nobody at Satellite Gallery. Here is a glimpse of their proposal and Power Point presentation.

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