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Camouflage : From battlefield to catwalk
Camouflage
From battlefield to catwalk
P.L., August 30, 2010
Opened at Canadian War Museum , Camouflage, the exhibition, traces the development of military concealment over the last century, from soldiers’ uniforms and decoys to the use of camouflage-inspired patterns in fashion and design.

History of Camouflage/Philip Treacy for Gina Couture 2003_Material inspired by Andy Warhol's Camouflage series_CMCC M.-L. Deruaz.
History of Camouflage/Philip Treacy for Gina Couture 2003_Material inspired by Andy Warhol's Camouflage series_CMCC M.-L. Deruaz.
 
Camouflage explores how the art of military concealment and deception is a product of human imagination, artistic skill and scientific ingenuity, and how designs, applications and effectiveness have varied greatly over time. It also traces the assimilation of this military strategy into the civilian mainstream by way of anti-war protests and punk rock, to its appearance on high-fashion catwalks and store shelves. Art and design are important themes throughout the exhibition: artists in military service led the development and early evolution of camouflage, which intersects with Cubism, the avant-garde, Canada’s Group of Seven, protest movements and pop art.

Jacket, Two-colour Tropical Desert Pattern, United Kingdom, 1990
Jacket, Two-colour Tropical Desert Pattern, United Kingdom, 1990
 
“We are extremely honoured to collaborate with the prestigious Imperial War Museum in London, England, to present the largest camouflage-themed exhibition ever to be shown in North America,” said Mark O'Neill, Director General, Canadian War Museum and Vice-President for the Corporation.

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