Fabricated. What an event! For those of you who missed it, you missed out on a small glimpse of what Calgary promises for the future; a deeply interwoven community of creative people making things happen. Not to say we aren’t that already, but a bigger net than what already exists, with events such as Fabricated.
For years, Calgary has suffered from the exodus of talented people looking for a more ”liberal” city, or simply escaping oil country. Needless to say there was a lot of apathy, but over the past few years it has felt as though everyone here has decided to stop comparing Calgary to Toronto and Vancouver and create our own identity.
This identity and culture is going to come from hard-working people, such as the organizers of Fabricated Hadiga Gabunga and Brook Fung, and there are many in this city.
The Theatre Junction Grand was a perfect venue to host a fashion event, an old theatre revamped with contemporary touches.The room was set up with good flow. People could stand around in the centre and mingle or walk around the outside of the room and look at some of the local talent who brought their wares to sell.
Sometimes the DJs are overlooked but they play such a crucial role in the ambiance of a room. Kudos to local talents Lorne Burlington (Lorne B) and Sandro Petrillo (Mr. Geography), people were floating around the room.
The overall mood of attendees was giddy with excitement. Everything was organized to the last detail; even backstage was relatively calm (before the storm). Models were sitting around chatting and trying to keep their makeup from melting in the heat of the basement.
Designers were chatty, not stressed. This was a photographers dream first introduction to a fashion show. Closer to show time the photographers gathered on the small platform at the end of the runway. It was tight but there was a symbiosis amongst everyone. It wasn’t “this is my space,” but more, “there’s lots of space.” Photographers were also sharing advice about camera settings and different angles, even quipping little jokes.
The show was a massive success with only a few glitches.The room after was electric with buzz from the amazing display of talent that is in Calgary.
From Market Collective to Make It! to the first Fabricated, the Calgary artistic community is creating culture.
The next five years in this city are going to be exceptional. It’s an exciting time to live in Calgary and be part of the changes that are going to make this place world-class.
Photography & Words by Vanessa Conley
Video by Paul Spenard