Sunday, May 3, 2009

Art + Clothing = Wearable Art

Around 100 fashion hounds and artsy types gathered at Metropolis nightclub downtown last night to experience unclothed: A Mixed Media Runway Event, one of the many highlights of Fashion Week Cleveland (this one using green sustainable materials to produce wearable art). The show did get a fashionably late start, but eventually the lights dimmed, the music pumped up and the show went on. Nine impressive designers showing everything from evening gowns made of garbage bags by Congduy Luong to denim overalls shackled in handcuffs by Tracy Kiefer strutted their creations down the runway. I loved the paint splattered Obama/Biden blazer by Paul Sadler, Kezia Pearson's Chinese flower printed gold silk mini dress with the short bustled train and Hannah Vaughan's red layered ruffled mini skirt, which resembled a rose in full bloom. The finale wedding dress by Vincent Quevedo (above) was outstanding. It was expertly tailored and the fabric was impeccable. So not typical as the jaw-dropping, eye-popping wedding dresses of past fashion weeks (i.e. fashion designer Darklord's gross, yet very memorable "blood" red paint splattered anti-war wedding dress). — Frenchye Bush 

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