It has come to my attention that since focusing on costume design and construction, that I can be quite the unhelpful shopping companion. I am very picky with my choices of clothing and tend to have quite a small set of clothes in my closet because of this.
Here are the top three reasons why I am a horrible (and also amazing) shopping partner:
I have worked as a stylist for a few friends and colleagues; all have enjoyed my insight as a stylist, but as a friend spending time shopping, I can be a bit of a knit picker.
Back in April I had the opportunity to travel up to Salem, Massachusetts with my fellow Rutgers MFA Costume Designer, Taylor. We visited the Peabody Essex Museum to go to the World of Wearable Art exhibit.
It was inspiring and mind boggling. It really showed me how much creativity is bottled up all around the world. Creators from wood workers to taxidermists had wearable pieces of art on display.
World of Wearable Art (WOW for short) is a design competition where your artwork must be able to we worn. The competition takes place in New Zealand every year for the past 25 years! One of the designers I have had the luxury of working with, Mio Guberinic, was a winner with fellow designer Alexa Cach. (See their winning design here) Although their creation was not included in the traveling show at the Peabody, many other past winners had immaculate pieces on display.
Taylor and I enjoyed the show; especially how the mannequins were posed and used to show off each work of art at its best. My favorite was Lady Curiosity (pictured above center). Her bustle is a curiosities cabinet! So cheeky!
The show closes June 11th 2017 (which is why this post is not on a usual Monday) so if you are anywhere near Salem go see it before it moves on! It is an amazing experience for any designer and really opens your tool box up to using "non-conventional" materials in your designs.