09/18/2014 01:35 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:59 EDT

Politically charged fashion show opens in Toronto

Canadian fashion authority, Jeanne Beker, is presenting a smart and stylish new exhibition exploring the relationship between political discourse and clothing.

The Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics opened Thursday at the Design Exchange in Toronto. It was co-curated by Design Exchange's Sara Nickelson.

The installation features more than 200 works from 1960 to the present day highlighting how society uses fashion as a form of political discourse.

From Woodstock's anti-war flower power to Margaret Trudeau's wedding dress and the unisex designs of Montreal's Rad Hourani, the show covers decades of fashion activism on war, sexuality and consumerism.

The exhibition has particular relevance this week after British designer Vivienne Westwood sent her models down a catwalk in London wearing badges calling for Scottish independence.

Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics runs through Jan. 25.

CBC Arts reporter Jelena Adzic takes a visual tour in the video above.