The latest issue of RADmag has been released for two weeks but the excitement we all felt at our launch doesn’t fade that quickly. RADmag features student submissions from the creative minds of Ryerson students, but it really does more than that. Our submissions carried themes of breaking barriers and modern thinking in all three genres of design, fashion and photography.
Our design submissions consist of beautifully rendered images drawing from culture around the world to enhance the human experience. You will also see the new design of the Ryerson SLC welcome desk featured as a submission in Issue 08. A structure that works synonymously with the plaza of student activity and reflecting the modern thinking that our school is a leader in.
The snapshot of fashion captured in this issue shows traditional designs brought to the modern lifestyle along with the reality that fashion is for everyone. A large theme that has risen to mainstream fashion within the past decade is blurring gender norms from clear divides to acceptance of anyone wearing anything. Although the gender sections still very evident in stores, gender fluidity in fashion has moved from a conceptual idea to a commonly accepted way of expressing true self. If you're a guy and a skirt is going to make you feel hot, then rock it. That's the mentality of today and we are so happy to embody that in issue 08.
The photography work featured in this issue evokes emotion. Some of the submissions are fashion focused while others take you out of the urban world into the Canadian wilderness. Both of the in-house editorials took a conceptual approach to portray a message. They spoke to modern issues we felt needed to be addressed in the effort to make these narratives more common in daily conversation. The whole issue came together in unison for another successful RADmag.
Our launch party was a hit as they always are. With hosting any event comes a tense uneasy feeling as you wait for people to arrive. This is something our whole team shares every launch, but it's assured there was not an ounce of tension at the end of the night. Held at Cold Stream Fine Art Gallery in a brick and mortar building along Spadina's "Garment District", the warm gallery light set a chic ambience against the white walls and hardwood. Buzzing conversation set to a the DJ's mix created just the energy we had hoped for as everyone took a look at our latest issue. As the night was coming to a close the DJ put on Vanessa Carleton's A Thousand Miles and set everyone into a big dance party sing-a-long. Definately the most huble way for our team to close the night.
Photos and Article By: Iain Ailles