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Dunedin Fine Art Center's Wearable ART Fashion Show sizzles for 10th year


Published:   |   Updated: August 1, 2014 at 08:03 AM

— The worlds of art and fashion will take center stage next month when the Dunedin Fine Art Center presents “Wearable ART Fashion Show 10,” which brings couture into the gallery and highlights the relationship between art and high fashion.

Organizers promise it will add even more sizzle to the heat of summer.

“It's hard to believe that it was nine years ago that the Dunedin Fine Art Center's incredibly successful Wearable ART Fashion Show made its debut before its first sold-out crowd,” said Natalie Root, the center's development director.

The fashion show, which takes place Aug. 23 at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, has been a sold-out event every year since.

“Now in its 10th year, this always surprising event promises to continue to be the standard against which all other art-fashion shows are measured in the Tampa Bay market,” Root said.

The show has become the center's second most popular fundraiser behind its annual Garden Party, which began in 1980.

The fashion creations on display won't be found at local department stores. The show gives designers the chance to push the envelope with one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories made from materials typically not considered fashionable or wearable.

Past years have included garments made of flowers, balloons, live grass, twigs, raw meat, fruit, plant life, vegetables, metallic or rubber ornaments, and even contraceptives.

This year, the organizers are bringing back Rogerio Martins, a Brazilian fashion designer and a mixed-media artist.

“Rogerio has been a crowd favorite for years. His fashions add an exciting Latin sizzle to the show,” Root said.

A new digital exhibition of photography also will be showcased. “I am Indonesian,” produced by Veronica and John Stewart, will feature fashion trends of the Indonesian culture.

Several local individuals will model fashion works of art including Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, Alexandra Haddad, Mason Gehring, Isis Kling, Meaghan Maxwell, Chelsea Bree McMillan, Kitty Riggs, Jacqueline R. Ambrose Root, Cathy A. Sullivan and Casey Wilcox.

While the fashion show will be at the Dunedin Community Center, the pre- and after parties will be at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. The pre-party begins at 7 p.m., followed by the fashion show at 8:30.

Ticket prices range from $22 to $77. For information, visit www.dfac.org, call (727) 298-3322, or e-mail nroot@dfac.org.

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