Many of us have heard the expression "wearable art." On May 23rd, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is taking the idea to a whole new level.
Super-model Meaghan Waller (Swish Model Management)
The WAG is presenting a show called The Collection: A Fashion Show
. Think wearable art surrounded by art.
Various rooms featuring the WAG's permanent collection will be turned into fashion runways. Models will sport some of the latest fashions from local boutiques and locally-made jewelry from the Gallery Shop.
Super-model Meaghan Waller
will undoubtedly be a highlight.
The idea is the brainchild of Gallery Shop's new manager, Sherri Van Went, who comes from a background in the fashion industry. "We have such a beautiful space," she says.
"I wanted to have an event to showcase our great jewelry artists and I wanted to involve independent boutiques."
Local shops including Danali
, Candie & Dolls
, have chosen items from their collections to be worn by the fashion models. Moulé has chosen to feature the flowing, silky designs of former Winnipegger Rachel Mara
Caitlyn models a sea urchin bracelet created by Brook Drabot (Ryan Wibawa)
Van Went is excited about some of the local jewelry designers who will be featured.Brook Drabot
, for example, makes sculptural glass items that are inspired by sea urchins and Victorian lace collars. "They're real statement pieces," she says, "not something you'd wear every day."
At the other end of the spectrum, Van Went highlights the work of the husband and wife team called Deconstruct. They use recycled plastics into which they embed natural plant materials, such as clover, bear grasses, flowers and coloured leaves.
She is also excited about the delicate creations of former Winnipegger Benée Rubin
. She makes pieces in sterling silver and 18-karat gold, including a series of couples necklaces.
"And she makes the nicest Stars of David necklaces I've ever seen," she enthuses. "They're beautiful and really finely made."
Doors open at the WAG at 6:00 p.m. on May 23rd. The show begins at 7:00 and the evening will conclude with champagne, hors d'oeuvres and a chance to have a closer look and possibly purchase the wearable artwork.