Monday, 5 October 2015

Dundee Wearable Art

Dundee Wearable Art, Dundee Wearable Art Show, Wearable art, performance, fashion and art, Scottish Bloggers,  Rachel Goodwin - Ice Crystal, paper cut, paper cut dress, ballet
Dundee Wearable Art, Dundee Wearable Art Show, Wearable art, performance, fashion and art, Scottish Bloggers, Lorna Modeen - The Black Swan, Black Swan, Black Swan costume
1: Rachel Goodwin - Ice Crystal | 2: Lorna Modeen - The Black Swan

The Dundee Wearable Art show just celebrated it's second show and oh boy, was it a celebration and a half! After seeing images from the inaugural event, we made sure we were there with bells on. Being big fans of both fashion and art we were super excited to see the two collide for this performance. Designers were invited to make pieces that fit into one of the four categories - Olde Worlde, Technology, Environment and the Open section and each quarter was choreographed to fit the theme and the individual work. The talent on show was extremely impressive with entries from secondary school students to full time designers all sitting well next to each other.

The opening section, Olde Worlde, featured dramatic corsetry and even more dramatic head wear. Six designers took inspiration from history - be that through fictional characters, cities, countries or even their old clothes. Many of the designers used recycled materials and upcycling techniques which added depth and stories to the work which require to be told alongside the performances.Highlights for us included Torid Bick's costume for the character of Papagena in a futeristic futuristic staging of the magic flute.

The Technology section had a smaller number of designers but still packed a punch. Lighting and sound accompanied the pieces perfectly. Taking inspiration from science, technology and alien beings the final outfits were structured, surreal and down right stunning. All of the designs were very impressive but we loved the how the performance of Ana Ines Jabares-Pita's work fit with the piece. Helen shot a video of it while live tweeting for Dundee Wearable Art so you can see it in action.

Dundee Wearable Art, Dundee Wearable Art Show, Wearable art, performance, fashion and art, Scottish Bloggers, Morag Nowell - Ship Ahoy, Rose Hall - Renewal, Ana Ines Jabares-Pita - IGNIS, Alisa Edwards - POWER DRESSING
  TL: Morag Nowell - Ship Ahoy | TR: Rose Hall - Renewal | BL: Ana Ines Jabares-Pita - IGNIS | BR: Alisa Edwards - POWER DRESSING

The second half of the show kicked off with Environment. This clearly sparked a number of interpretations, with designers taking inspiration from up in the sky to down under the sea. Unfortunately one of the pieces hadn't made it on to the stage but was displayed beautifully in the foyer. Joanne Hall's Between Worlds was felt to be a little too dangerous to be worn as it feautured shards of broken mirror. It still looked beautiful and it was nice to be able to see the work close up. No touching though! This was an extremely strong category but we also loved Rachel Goodwin's intricate Ice Crystal piece and the vibrant colours of Gabrielle von Waldburg's coral inspired Deep Sea Diva.

Dundee Wearable Art, Dundee Wearable Art Show, Wearable art, performance, fashion and art, Scottish Bloggers, Iona Godfrey-Faussett - Spiral of the Shell, Gabrielle von Waldburg - Deep Sea Diva, shell costume, shell outfit, coral costume, coral outfit
Dundee Wearable Art, Dundee Wearable Art Show, Wearable art, performance, fashion and art, Scottish Bloggers, Rhiannon Wright - Ravens/Crows, raven costume
Dundee Wearable Art, Dundee Wearable Art Show, Wearable art, performance, fashion and art, Scottish Bloggers, broken glass, broken mirror, mirror costume
1: Iona Godfrey-Faussett - Spiral of the Shell and Gabrielle von Waldburg - Deep Sea Diva | 2: Rhiannon Wright - Ravens/Crows | 3: Joanna Hall - Between Worlds
 
The final quarter of the main show was the Open category which meant an excellent mix of the weird and wonderful. Attracting the most designers, this section was filled with impact and some excellent use of materials. Jude Burns created her colourful piece from scourers and dusters, while Irene Blair highlighted Scottish agriculture by creating a designer dress from a tattie sack. We had a lot of favourites in this section including Morag Taylor's paper piece Chrysalis Pupa. And, of course, we were cheering for Jill Skulina's piece Perfect Mother. We loved how she created a piece of art that just happened to be worn, giving wearable art a whole other twist.

Dundee Wearable Art, Dundee Wearable Art Show, Wearable art, performance, fashion and art, Scottish Bloggers, Morag Taylor - Chrysalis Pupa
Dundee Wearable Art, Dundee Wearable Art Show, Wearable art, performance, fashion and art, Scottish Bloggers,  Irene Blair - Tattie Sack Dress, tattie sack, antlers, girl with antlers
Dundee Wearable Art, Dundee Wearable Art Show, Wearable art, performance, fashion and art, Scottish Bloggers,  Kirsty Dalton - Enties
Dundee Wearable Art, Dundee Wearable Art Show, Wearable art, performance, fashion and art, Scottish Bloggers, Jill Skulina - Perfect Mother, Jude Barns - She Scrubs Up Well
1: Morag Taylor - Chrysalis Pupa | 2: Irene Blair - Tattie Sack Dress | 3: Kirsty Dalton - Enties | 4: Jill Skulina - Perfect Mother and Jude Barns - She Scrubs Up Well

After the excitement of the main event it was onto the announcement of the winners. Sponsors and contributors had the hard task of picking their favourites to fit each of the award categories. Dundee MakerSpace had the even more grueling task of picking the overall winner of the night. With so much talent on show there were a lot of tough decision. Morag Nowell came out with the top crown, as well as winning the Olde Worlde section prize. You can check out all of the winners on the Dundee Wearable Art blog, including an excellent use of yarn by Jill Skulina.

Dundee Wearable Art, Dundee Wearable Art Show, Wearable art, performance, fashion and art, Scottish Bloggers, Jill Skulina - Perfect Mother

We can't wait till next years show, and may even have a go ourselves at making some wearable art of our own. And huge thanks to Leona of Fluph for letting Helen crash her VIP table to get some better photos. But if you want some really good images of the work, head on over to the Dundee Wearable Art page.

Dundee Wearable Art, Dundee Wearable Art Show, Wearable art, performance, fashion and art, Scottish Bloggers, Yuka  Kishi - The Captain America
Yuka  Kishi - The Captain America
           

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