March 21, 2012 Kleinburg, ON – The McMichael Canadian Art Collection will host a unique and exciting fundraiser on Saturday, June 16, 2012. The fundraising event, Fashion as Art: Exposed!, will celebrate the fusion of art and fashion with seven of Canada’s leading fashion designers and will include a private viewing of the cutting edge exhibition, Fashionality: Dress and Identity in Contemporary Canadian Art, with noted curator and fashion theorist, Julia Pine.

The fundraiser will be hosted by noted fashion personality, Jeanne Beker, and this exclusive event will be laced with thought-provoking art and the latest in haute couture. Fashionistas and art lovers alike will be treated to a glamorous evening filled with innovative design, gourmet cuisine and fabulous music.

This fundraiser highlights the connectivity between art and fashion. The funds raised from this event will be used to advance the future of Canadian art through interactive educational programming and provocative exhibitions at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

“The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an iconic Canadian cultural institution,” said Tina Tehranchian, McMichael Trustee and Event Chair of the fundraiser. “We are thrilled to highlight the fusion of art and fashion through a spectacular celebration on June 16th and to honour the Group of Seven Designers for their important contributions to contemporary Canadian fashion design.”

The Fashion Design Council of Canada will put the spotlight on Canada’s Group of Seven Fashion Designers and highlight their artistic talents. Canada is home to some of the most exciting and innovative designers. These designers have helped shape our present day fashion landscape and they will be recognized at the event on June 16, 2012. The seven designers are Joeffer Caoc, Comrags, Greta Constantine, David Dixon, Thien Le, Lucian Matis, and D’Arcy Moses.

“I am so pleased to announce the affiliation between the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) and the McMichael gallery with fashion designers,” said Robin Kay, President of Fashion Design Council of Canada. “The FDCC strongly believes in the cultural artistic talent in Canada. This year’s Group of Seven resonates and pays homage to the current fashion zeitgeist. Fashion is art and we thank the McMichael for endorsing our designers as artists!”

What: Fashion as Art: Exposed! Cocktail Reception
When: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 7:30 pm – midnight
  Saturday, June 16, 2012, 6:30 – 7:30 pm VIP Exclusive Reception!
Where: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg
Attire: Fashionably Provocative


  • Early Bird Event Tickets until March 31, $190
  • Event Tickets after March 31, $250
  • Patrons Package of 10 Event tickets – includes corporate recognition on event
  • material, $2,500
  • *Early Bird VIP Reception Tickets until March 31, $425
  • *Exclusive VIP Reception Tickets after March 31, $500

* There will be an opportunity to meet and greet Jeanne Beker, the Group of Seven Fashion Designers, and other special guests at an Exclusive VIP Reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm prior to the official opening of the event! For more information and to purchase tickets, call 905.893.1121 ext. 2207 or email

About the Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC)

Established in 1999, the Fashion Design Council of Canada is a non-governmental, not-for-profit national organization created to support Canadian fashion designers and the Canadian fashion industry. FDCC President Robin Kay is credited with spearheading Canada’s inaugural Fashion Week. The FDCC owns and produces Fashion Week, now in its 13th successful year, creating ongoing corporate sponsorships, and arranging the calendar and concurrent events. The bi-annual event has garnered international respect and is the second largest Fashion Week in North America. For more information, please visit

About the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of almost 6,000 artworks, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations and Inuit artists. The gallery is located at 10365 Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg. For more information about the gallery, visit


For McMichael Media Inquiries:

Connie Febbraro, Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Office: 905.893.1121 ext. 2528

For FDCC Media Inquiries:

Debra Goldblatt, President

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