There’s a reason why David Dixon just celebrated his 20th anniversary in the fashion industry. His collections appeal to every woman as they encapsulate the many personas we possess, whether it be classic and feminine or modern and edgy. His 40th collection which debuted on the runway for World MasterCard Fashion Week (WMCFW) on March 24th was all of those things.
The collection was certainly representative of the independent modern day woman as it took on a Joan of Arc inspired theme. The Toronto-based designer showcased pieces that were both ethereal and gothic, while some were timelessly classic. From chiffon capes and corsets to streamlined pencil skirts and pleated dresses – Dixon’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection was breathtakingly beautiful and most definitely sexy.
Born and raised in Toronto, Dixon attended Ryerson University’s fashion program. After spending some time as an apprentice for Canadian designer Alfred Sung, he established the David Dixon label through the Toronto Fashion Incubator. After experiencing immense success, Dixon opened his own design and production studio. Today he sits on the Toronto Fashion Incubator board as an advisor for emerging local designers.
Addicted was lucky enough to catch up with Dixon backstage at WMCFW where we were able to ask him a few quick questions in the midst of the fashion week mania.
Addicted: When you’re getting ready to preview a collection such as this one, what are some of the most important aspects beyond just showcasing the clothing?
David Dixon: When we do a show we’re trying to get into the minds of people while they’re sitting in that room. That means we have to think about all angles such as music, lighting, sound, and visuals – all those sorts of things. We can’t just throw clothes on a runway and say “Oh, think about it and see what you like. ” The whole idea is trying to create a story line and trying to engage the audience in part of that story.
What is it about your clothing that you think women are so drawn to?
What I try to keep in mind when designing for women is that woman have many sides to them – some are soft and romantic, some are hard and edgy. But the bottom line is they are all women who aspire to have the same things; they want to have a purpose in life and to find happiness. I want to make sure that on our part with dressing them that we make their day a little bit easier.
Toronto is a hip, edgy, fashionable city. Being a Toronto native, how has Toronto effected your designs, both now and in the past?
When I went to school I was surrounded by people who were all first generation Canadians. There were people from India, China, and from all over so you couldn’t help but embrace the culture. And that’s what’s wonderful about Toronto is that we can adopt all different styles. Toronto is a huge influence because we’re probably the most international city in the world…so how can we not embrace that.
If there are any up-and-coming fashion designers that we should watch out for, who would you pick?
There are so many great designers coming up with great visions – people like Sid Neigum, Matthew Gallagher, and Laura Siegel. The people who are at the Toronto Fashion Incubator right now have a very strong focus of who they are and what they want to be, so I think they’re really going to lead the next generation.
*all photos by George Pimentel for World MasterCard Fashion Week