Pat McDonagh - spring/summer 2002

Pat McDonagh has pulled off another fashion miracle.

“It took a month-and-a-half to prepare the collection,” McDonagh teases.

The veteran Canadian designer has crafted a lavish conglomerate of diverse looks and timelines for Spring 2002. A tangerine suit shares the same exuberance as the pleated 1950’s georgettes in Jackson Pollock prints. A 1920’s silk chiffon flute dress with floral shoulder-straps has a modernized silhouette. The collection has a magical aura to it, revealing McDonagh’s true joie de vivre.

The highlight of the segment ‘A Tribute To Frida Kalo & Free Spirited Women Through Out The World’ is a long, trailing lemon yellow gown with sewn black Victorian lace. When we asked McDonagh about the latin dance theme used as a segue throughout the show, she underscores a concept crucial to understanding the collection.

“Dance is an important part of fashion because clothing is about movement.”

Daniel Cox, Fashion Editor
Marek Wlazlo, Photographer