The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show returns with a focus on fashion
A fashion show for the rest of us. Forget haute couture and the catwalks of New York or Paris. A person could actually wear these clothes. Real people.
Real people can also buy these clothes, directly from the designers, at 46e Philadelphia Museum of Art Annual Craft Show November 11-13. The event, held in person at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, features a wearable art fashion show, “Real Looks: Simple to Sizzling,” taking place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, 12e with artist-created apparel and accessories included in this year’s presentation.
“Fiber Wearable” is one of 13 categories crafts highlighted at the Salon as well as ceramics, furniture, jewelry, wood, metal, glass and more.
If the evocation of the word “craft” evokes the creations of yesteryear from the end of the 19e century Arts and crafts movement – a response to the industrial revolution – dark, frumpy clothes, heavy wooden furniture, butter churns, clumsy shoes and dusty antiques, think again.
“In the ‘Fiber Wearable’ category, wearables and wearable art have evolved to be more sophisticated, responsive and durable,” said Nancy O’Meara, craft show manager at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. , at Forbes.com. “Artists add a variety of materials – there is more use of found objects, re-use and recycling, i.e. yarn, fabric, glass, clay, etc. and of incorporation or recasting into new forms.”
A countermeasure to “fast fashion” which has more and more under fire for its work practices, waste and unsustainability. A 2020 report from Princeton University states that the fashion industry is responsible for more annual carbon emissions than international air and sea travel combined and consumes a tenth of the world’s water used for the industry.
From the early 2000s, “fast fashion” spins and burns The strategy of producing more and more and cheaper styles, enticing consumers to buy clothes like they do groceries, has proven extremely effective and equally disastrous for workers and the environment. “Fast fashion” has led a 400% increase in global clothing consumption over the past 20 years alone.
“Slow Fashion focuses on handmade work, incorporating a dedicated process, with artistic design and creation, using the highest quality materials,” O’Meara said. “The results are the art of wearing designs that will stand the test of time, as opposed to more mass-produced fashion.”
Contemporary styles made to lastnot meant to be worn once and thrown away.
Closer to the artists
More than 500 performers from across the United States apply for 195 available spots in the show. Each submits digital images of their work to a panel of five judges, experts working in fields related to craftsmanship and design.
All the artists are on site at the Salon during all hours of the salon, presenting their latest works, giving participants the opportunity to meet the creators, to learn more about their backgrounds and their methods. Each exhibited item is for sale and artists receive 100% of the proceeds of their sale.
“Each piece is unique and has a story to tell. Understanding the process and the passion behind each individual piece of art makes a difference,” O’Meara said. “Having the chance to meet and talk with the artists creates a story that gives buyers a bridge between the artist and the art to use or display the craft in their home.”
A 30-minute guided tour during which three selected artists will share their work and inspiration with guests. While the fashion show is included with every general admission ticket ($20 for a one-day adult), the meet-and-greet comes with a supplement.
A portion of each year’s profits is dedicated to the purchase of a craft item for the Museum’s permanent collection. Through guest support, the Craft Show has contributed more than $14 million over 45 years to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.