Picture This: A Dress to Change the World
October 2, 2012
What do a banjo player, a horse with gold hooves, and Princess Grace of Monaco have in common? Why, craft, of course! Had you happened past the Renwick Gallery the evening of September 22, you may have been puzzled by the mix of Bump-ditty and Boomalacka providing the soundtrack as a gorgeous white steed circled carrying a model in a flowing gossamer gown. But a closer look would have awarded you a glimpse at a first for the museum: a fashion show! Sustainable designer Jeff Garner was on hand to share his newest Prophetik collection, A Dress to Change the World.
The line, created in honor of the late Princess Grace, featured 42 pieces, ranging in style from her iconic and elegant dresses, to more daring backless shifts and equestrian-inspired ensembles for men. Models pranced down the runway in the Grand Salon, surrounded by paintings and a full house, while musician Eric Heatherly belted out rockabilly renditions of Tom Petty and Chris Isaak. I dare say we felt quite chic sipping bubbly while watching the parade! Garner spoke a bit about sustainable fashion design (did you know you can harvest red dye from prickly pear cactus?!) after the show, which was one of the many programs we are holding in conjunction with our special exhibition, 40 under 40: Craft Futures. Garner is one of 40 artists featured in the exhibition thanks to the modern approach he takes to his craft—in this case, craft couture!
For more photographs of the event, view our Flickr stream.
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