Rad Hourani: Seamless 5 Years of Unisex
From November 1 to 30 at the Phi Centre, curator Phoebe Greenberg and guest curator Rad Hourani present:
Rad Hourani: Seamless
5 Years of Unisex
Rad Hourani will open a pop-up shop at the Phi Centre featuring exclusive objects made in collaboration with architect Gilles Saucier, painters Leela Sun and Renata Morales, musicians Pierre Lapointe and Chris Garneau and several others. To commemorate the event, footwear retailer Aldo, has reissued 10 limited edition pairs of the Aldo x Rad by Rad Hourani unisex sneakers. Visitors can also procure pieces from the Rad Hourani ready-to-wear collection and pick up the book Rad Hourani 5 Yrs of Unisex, only 300 copies of which are available around the world.
In the room adjacent to the pop-up shop, Rad Hourani’s celebrated interactive jacket from the Tate Modern exhibition will be on display. The jacket, equipped with cameras, will project live images of visitors on all the screens of the Phi Centre.
In the exhibition space, the public can see Rad Hourani: Seamless, a retrospective of Rad Hourani’s 5 years of unisex fashion complete with anatomy drawings, patterns, photography and collections.
In the arthouse cinema, viewers can see a looped 20-minute video installation on Rad Hourani’s world.
On November 8, Rad Hourani will also give a conference to the general public where he’ll discuss his approach, the people who influenced him and the experiences that marked him, giving people a chance to ask questions about his work. FREE
The Rad Hourani: Seamless event at the Phi Centre will also be the occasion for two big shows.
On November 14, Pierre Lapointe will take the stage to present a one-of-a-kind concert. Alone at the piano, in the midst of the crowd, he’ll play the most melancholic pieces from his repertoire to a video projection created by Rad Hourani. Chris Garneau will open the show.
On November 29, Jacques Greene will headline the closing concert of the Rad Hourani: Seamless event, wearing none other than Rad Hourani’s infamous interactive jacket. Mekele will get the festivities underway with an opening set. A must-see event to cap off the end of a big month.
Rad Hourani was born in Jordan to a Jordanian father and a Syrian mother. At 16, he moved to Montreal to finish high school. Not long after graduating, he scouted for modelling agencies and soon became a stylist. In 2005, he decided to move to Paris where he sketched his very first unisex collection, and, in 2007, launched his eponymous brand at the age of 25. Soon after, he launched his ready-to-wear brand Rad by Rad Hourani in New York. In January 2013, Rad Hourani was invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris to present the first unisex haute couture collection in fashion history.
On top of scheduled events, the Phi Centre also invites guest curators to express their vision and champion an artist or artists whose work they admire.
In addition to Rad Hourani, six other guest curators have accepted the challenge:
· Xavier Dolan, filmmaker
· Godfrey Reggio, filmmaker
· Renata Morales, artist and fashion designer who held The 8-Day Week from June 5 to 12, 2013
· Pop Montréal with their 5 x Phi project which took place at the Phi Centre from August 8 to 29, 2013
· Suroosh Alvi, cofounder of Vice Media
· Denis Villeneuve, filmmaker