Glenbow's Artist in Residence: Fashion Designer Paul Hardy
October 17, 2015 - May 22, 2016
Glenbow is pleased to announce acclaimed fashion designer Paul Hardy as the museum's next Artist-in-Residence. Inspired by Glenbow's vast collection, Hardy will curate a new exhibition examining how animal imagery and symbolism have influenced art, fashion, culture and interior design. Hardy's curatorial debut will include original garment designs he is creating for the exhibition, as well as artifacts and artworks from Glenbow's vaults.
Glenbow's In Residence program invites diverse artists from a variety of disciplines to interact with the museum's exhibitions and collections and then create a new work based on their discoveries. Past In Residence artists include Kris Demeanor, Shane Koyczan and Corb Lund.
More About Paul Hardy
Paul Hardy began his design career in 2002 with an opening show at Toronto Fashion Week where his first collection saw a host of rave reviews declaring, "a star is born." After seeing that first collection, fashion industry icon Jeanne Beker, host of Fashion Television, compared Hardy's talent to that of Marc Jacobs or Stella McCartney. Fall 2012 marked the five year anniversary of Hardy's first free-standing boutique, and the 10 year anniversary of his first ready-to-wear collection. In the Soring 2013 issue, Elle Magazine (Hong Kong) featured Hardy as one of the top five Canadian designer labels one must know.
Paul Hardy's designs have been shown and sold around the world, and he has collaborated with Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, Alberta Ballet, Travel Alberta and the Calgary Stampede; In 2014 he was contracted to be the creative director of the Calgary Stampede merchandise department. This included rebranding the retail platforms as well as their product lines to become a year round lifestyle brand that reflected the history of the organization and the culture of the city for which it is a global ambassador Paul Hardy's celebrity clients have included Bette Midler, Michael Michelle, Carrie FIsher, Diane Krueger, Keisha Chante, Alanis Morrisette, U2- The Edge & Daniel Lanois, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Sarah Mclachlan, Gold Medalist John Montgomery, Chantal Kreviazuk, and country singer Paul Brandt.
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