Wearable Art at Scottsdale Fashion Week
LEFT: Chunghie Lee’s
RIGHT: Shibori dyework by Carter Smith.
On November 1–4, the annual Scottsdale Fashion Week took place in Scottsdale, Arizona. Intended as a “taking-it-to-the-streets” translation of the international fashion week scene, the event includes a pavilion featuring fashion, health, beauty and fine goods purveyors and runway shows under the stars with work by designers ranging from Betsey Johnson and Kate Spade to Motorclothes from the local Harley Davidson dealer.
This year, the four-day fashion extravaganza was launched with a Wearable ArtWalk, a Milan-inspired “grand parade of art-as-fashion.” On November 1, professional models wearing one-of-a-kind art garments strolled down Marshall Way in downtown Scottsdale, accompanied by drums. ArtWalks, sponsored by the Scottsdale Gallery Association, are a weekly Thursday-evening happening on the Scottsdale art scene; this special edition got the art-gallery community and independent designer-makers involved in Fashion Week.
LEFT: A bag by Cristina Pineda and Ricardo Covalin.
RIGHT: Jane Herzenberg’s
Juliet jacket and embellished
Galleries up and down Marshall Way featured exhibits both inside and on the street. Galina Couture presented dancers wearing “paper protection masks” performing around a fountain at the head of Marshall Way. In the designer’s boutique, an “underwearable bra gown” was built during the evening; people brought in old bras, dipped them in pink, and added them to the piece. Textures Gallery, which features several artists who do quilted and batik wall pieces, presented special exhibits by Carter Smith and Chunghie Lee, as well as the work of several other wearable artists. Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts, which sells Asian antiques and tribal arts, including textiles, hosted contemporary wearable artists Jane Herzenberg and Marylou Ozbolt-Storer. Work by Pineda Covalin, the Mexican husband-and-wife design team known for its printed silk textiles, was showcased in their boutique on the ArtWalk route. Cervini Haas Gallery, which shows the work of quite a few fiber and basketry artists, highlighted its collection of art jewelry that evening. Chiaroscuro Gallery presented the work of New Mexico artist Virgil Ortiz, who designs suede and leather accessories and outerwear that incorporate Native American design motifs.
LEFT: On the left, a dress (inspired by Gustav Klimt) by Galina Mihaleva of Galina Couture. On the right, Galin Stanev models his own design.RIGHT:
Millicent by Dorothy Dunnicliff of Dova Silks. Featured at Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts. Photo: Steve Greco.
More than 7,500 people attended the Wearable ArtWalk. “It was really well received,” said Beverly Roman, director/owner of Textures and Robert Roman Galleries at artspace on North Marshall Way. “People had a great time.” The event will become an annual part of Scottsdale Fashion Week; 2008’s edition is planned for November 6–9.