Post and photos by Jordan Brennan & the WLU Cultural Studies in Action KW|AG Group.
“Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It’s movement, design and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we’d like to be.”
Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl (Season 4, Episode 13)
The Groundhog Day Meet-Up could not have gone any more smoothly on Wednesday! Despite the hazardous weather, the attendance for the event was spectacular. The hors d’oeuvres by Little Mushroom Catering were delicious as always and the fashion show by Gloss managed to bring warmth to the Gallery with its transformational line of clothing that brought the audience from winter to spring.
When I first heard about the event, I found it very different to have a fashion show in an art gallery but as I watched I was intrigued by the idea, as there could not have been a better setting. The permanent collection that is currently on display served as a backdrop for Gloss’ seasonally inspired outfits and encouraged a sense of creativity and imagination in some of the attendees I spoke to.
The fashion show had a way of combining elements of each exhibition. The act of taking photographs was present as in Colwyn Griffith’s exhibit, the fabric of the outfits served as the material such as paper serves as Michelle Allard’s material in Materialscape and the designs and geometric patterns on some of the outfits brought to life some of the abstractness of Robert Linsley’s concepts.
Thinking of fashion as art makes art more easily accessible to the public. The transportability of fashion establishes an all-encompassing creative environment in which ideas can be shared. The Groundhog Day Meet Up was a great opportunity to share new ideas about art, food and fashion with other members of the KW|AG community. Connecting people through art and ideas has been the mission of the Gallery and it was great to see the virtual community the Gallery has established enjoy an evening together!
Below are some photographs of the models and the outfits in the fashion show by Gloss as well as friends of the KW|AG enjoying the gallery space and the art displayed. A big thank-you goes out to Wonderful Waterloo for making this event possible and to everyone for their attendance and support!