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Mark Fast Lights Up Luminato

Designer Mark Fast will lend his design talents to a different type of setting next month as part of Toronto art festival, “Luminato.” The London-based, Canadian-born knitwear designer is teaming up with cosmetics giant Lancôme, for a one-time installation called “The Ascension of Beauty.”

The structural design will see Fast construct a rope sculpture and fashion a dress out of lycra, viscose and Swarovski elements, in an interpretation of the Lancôme Rose. The design is meant to reinterpret the brand’s iconic symbol, while showcasing Fast’s vision of the modern women and ideal beauty and femininity. More noteworthy, perhaps, is the fact that this is a chance for Fast to fuse his love of fashion with art and architecture. While he’s known for his complex and highly-detailed dresses, Fast is taking his visual expression beyond garments for the first time. Knowing the time and energy he puts into his clothing, it’s a safe bet that this art installation will be just as stunning as any of his collections on the runway.

“The Aecension of Beauty” will be presented in Toronto’s Brookfield Place, Allen Lambert Galleria throughout the 10-day Luminato festival from June 11th to June 20th. For more information, check out the Luminato website. Though nothing has been officially confirmed, Fast is expected to be in Toronto for the opening.

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