During day two of Fashion Art Toronto (FAT), the designer behind Asphyxia gives the audience a memorable strip tease. A model strips from a sequenced black gown down to her undergarments to showcase a risqué 1920s collection. In this era, the roles of women took drastic changes in the workplace, politics and education. Women were no longer put in the back seat anymore. The fashion of Asphyxia reflects women of that time.

Pleated skirts, corsets and form fitting dresses, the collection shows how conservative fashion roared into modern times with dramatic implications. Featuring new heights of glamour and grit combined, designer Alexandra De Francesco incorporated intricate deep emerald and ruby jewel toned beadwork.

Francesco, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), is a Toronto native who creates whimsical printed works for everyday wear, and spectacular wearable art couture.

The colour palette of the collection largely showed neutrals such as nudes and earth tones with a touch of glamor, of course. The models rocked vintage finger waves as hairstyles, with revolutionary headpieces.

Words By. Moreblessing Munangwa + Photos By. Janelle Scott-Johnson