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Threads That Connect hits the runway

Aug 18, 2021 | Community, Featured, Arts & Culture

Darka Tarnawsky for New Pathway – Ukrainian News.

Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts (ACUA) and Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre at MacEwan University (URDC) are pleased to announce the Threads That Connect Fashion Show, an exploration of Ukrainian embroidered fashion over time. The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. on September 10, 2021, at MacEwan’s Allard Hall Main Atrium (11110 – 104 Ave NW) as the final event of Threads That Connect 2021: A Year-Long Celebration of Ukrainian Embroidery & Textiles. Emcees Stacey Brotzel and Roman Soltykevych will take attendees on a journey through

Ukrainian history and culture as historical, retro, and contemporary Ukrainian clothing is modelled on the runway for the first time in Edmonton.

Both the historical and retro segments feature clothing lent by the Ukrainian Canadian diaspora of Edmonton, home of the largest settlement of Ukrainian Canadians in the country. The historical (pre-1960’s) segment features clothing from Ukrainian villages, while the retro (1960-90’s) segment features everyday clothing such as shirts and dresses that Ukrainian Canadians have modified with embroidery to showcase their heritage and talent. Finally, the show features the 2021 Fall Collection of contemporary Lviv-based Ukrainian designer Olena Romanova, displaying Ukrainian embroidery within the world of high fashion.

The Threads that Connect Fashion Show is set alongside a Thursday night panel and Saturday marketplace. The Circle of Life of Fashion panel will discuss the evolution of Ukrainian clothing as a reflection of utility, environment, and heritage to contemporary fashion, design, and art at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9th.

Tickets to the fashion show include free admission to the panel, based on availability. The September 11th Saturday market in Allard Hall’s East Atrium is free to attend, featuring items from local and Ukraine-based artists and designers.

Tickets are on sale from $21 – $84 at TIX on the Square. For more information visit

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