Friday, October 27, 2006

Cleveland Textile Arts Fashion Show

I recently attended, with some knitting guild friends, the Third Annual WEARABLE ART FASHION SHOW & BOUTIQUE sponsored by

The Cleveland Museum of Art Textile Alliance

The TAA is an affiliate group whose mission is to encourage and maintain interest in the textile arts and to enlarge the textile collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This wearable fashion spectacular featured table boutiques and a stunning fashion show with one-of-a-kind garments, coats, jackets, accessories and other imaginative fiber wearables for day and evening. The boutique was open to the public and Fashion Show Patron tickets included the Boutique, Runway Fashion Show, and Lunch all at La Centre in Westlake, Ohio.

All items in the Wearable Art Fashion Show were available for sale following the event.
This was a fund-raising event to purchase textiles for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The show featured the one and only,

HORST COUTURE

Each wearable product is made of handcrafted, felted Falkland wool. All his photos are copywrite protected so be sure to go to his website and check out his one of a kind designs. This local Cleveland high school art teacher is bound for great fame and fortune!! All it takes is one Hollywood star to discover him and they'll be wearing HORST at the next awards show !!!
People were snatching up his unique garments, vests reasonably priced at $50.00, coats at $140.00.

"Revealing a modern side to tradition, the creations of
NAGADA are timeless, elegant and comfortable".

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NAGADA is a company of design and craft in Egypt. Its activities involve textiles - fashion - home soft furnishings & pottery and I am forturnate to have the only showroom in the USA located right here in Shaker Heights.

Rose Corrick,
Art of the Cloth, had many items modeled in the fashion show.


I especially liked the fact that the models chosen were women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Not just the slinky, skinny young ones, but older gray haired sophisticates, and large curvy women as well.

The most expensive item modeled was the Pocket Watch Neckpiece by
Rebekah Hodous a bead artist from Rocky River, selling for $2400.00.

A style of her necklace is shown here:

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Another favorite of mine was Rebecca Lambers from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her Flower Cascade Boa modeled was selling for $1800.00 and was just exquisite. She also had individual flower pins for sale, pictured below, at her booth.

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One of the most popular booths was selling beaded jewelry and bags made by
Mayan women who have created a small beading collective on Isla Mujeres, a tiny island off the Yucatan coast in Mexico.
"The purchase of one small bracelet, handcrafted with traditional Mayan designs, provides the equivalent of three day’s wages for these women and their families and all profits go to the Isla women and their beading collective."


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My favorite designer was a fellow knitter from Moreland Hills (the next suburb over on Cleveland's east side), Jill Weider. I wondered, "Where have you been hiding?" Her designs were funky and fun, each item hand knit and adorned with all the extras that made each piece unique.

For example, I just love her DREAD HAT.

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and MITTS

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Jill says, "I begin the creative process by choosing a unique ball of yarn and add to it until there is a balanced blend of color and texture. Often, a piece is designed as I knit it and may incorporate up to fifteen different fibers. I take pleasure in watching the piece develop as I bring in the various colors, textures and techniques.

Much of my work is embellished with a combination of fabrics, ribbons, antique buttons and jewelry. The pewter charm and glass bead is my signature."

CHECK OUT HER DESIGNS AND HER MOST ORIGINAL WEBSITE at
What a successful and enjoyable event. The fiber flower center pieces were raffled off and there was also a silent Chinese auction to bid on items donated by the artists.
I'm truly inspired and impressed by all the talented people, and most of them are from right here in Cleveland, Ohio !!!!

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