Immerse yourself in Italy's 20th-century design savvy at the Royal Ontario Museum's (100 Queen's Park, 416-586-8000, www.rom.on.ca) new Italian Arts & Design exhibit, on now through January 7. Highlights include dresses by Emilio Pucci and Mariano Fortuny, a diamond and platinum brooch by Bulgari. Paintings, sculpture, surreal-shaped furniture and a vintage Vespa scooter round out the show. Adult admission is $18.
As part of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art's (952 Queen West, 416-395-0067, www.mocca.toronto.ca) pair of fashion-themed art exhibits - Unholy Alliance and Future Species: Steven Meisel - (on till November 12), the gallery is presenting a free night of CanCon couture tonight (Thursday, November 2). Tell It Like It Is features clothing by Dean Horn (www.deanhorn.com), Lydia K (www.lydiakdesign.com) and the collection of Canadian labels on sale at neighbouring Boutique Le Trou (940 Queen West, 416-516-7122). Doors open at 8:30 pm, and the models start strutting at 9.
Craft fair call
If you knit, mould, jewel, carve or stitch impulse-buy-friendly wares priced under $50, you can join the Last Minute Craft Fair, slated for December 16 at Trinity St. Paul's (427 Bloor West). Just log onto www.lastminutecraftfair.com to download the application form. The first jury deadline has passed, but send in your info to secure a spot on the waiting list.
Textile show closing
OCAD textile art student Mildred Avendano wowed the crowd at the Distillery on October 17 with her Alternative Fashion Week show featuring voluminous pineapple-cloth dresses. She's one of many creative fabric types from Canadian art colleges (including OCAD, NASCAD, Concordia and Sheridan) whose work is featured in the Small Talk textile show at the OCAD Student Gallery (285 Dundas West, 416-977-6000 ext 262, www.ocad.ca), which closes Saturday (November 4).