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Collective Consciousness by randi bergman & meghan hutchens

Thomas F/W 2010 Collection

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The collective consciousness of the creative class is one of the fashion industry’s biggest mysteries. A shared state-of-mind between artists, designers, editors and creators can likely be linked through common influences, environments and life experiences.

odd: What do you think is particularly strong about the up-and-coming scene in your city? Do you think you can lean on anyone else’s creativity to become greater as a whole? Drew & Michael: Any innovative Torontobased artist carries an advantage. It is easy to stand apart from ‘the rest’ here. It is a lack of inspiration. Toronto is not a fashion capital. It is a very receptive place. I do believe there is a collective of individuals in Toronto trying to make

a change, and I believe this September will be ground-breaking for Toronto fashion. We tend to lean on other artists for support as opposed to designers. Nadia and Cami: There is definitely a well-established local design scene here, although at this point our label exists solely online, so most of our community is based there too. We’re lucky to have found friends that appreciate and support our work through the internet. In terms of supportive creative collectives, we can definitely vouch for this existing in the online

fashion community. Veronica: The creative people I’ve met in London are extremely energetic and love to collaborate with other passionate people. London is a diverse and open place and I’ve felt a very strong sense of collective living and working while in this city. Most of my friends are very different in style but unified through their ideals and optimism. Merel and Kim: Hell yes, we need each other badly; we have a long way to go. Together we learn much faster, learn from each other’s mistakes and each other’s experiences. As

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Completely conceptualized and realized by a group of 30 students of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, Odd magazine explores six connections b...

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Completely conceptualized and realized by a group of 30 students of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, Odd magazine explores six connections b...

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