DADA Pop-Up Fashion Show

November 7, 2010

A while back (Sept. 25th to be exact), I did a fashion installation for the Dallas Art Dealers Association’s 25th Anniversary. The theme of the night was Dadaism – it’s no surprise considering DADA is their acronym.  The post party was to celebrate the organization, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund that provides funding for visual art students.

I was honored to be a part of such an awesome event. We started getting ready early around 4pm.  The show wasn’t until 6pm but the hair and makeup were elaborate, thanks to The Aveda Institute Dallas, lead by Tessa Edwards. My Fall collection is luxury rock and roll, so the facial add-ons really completed the surreal, Dada look.

When 8pm hit, DJ Masai began spinning the best from ’80s, ’90s and 2000’s and  members of The Dallas Conservatory were giving us dance demonstrations. It was hard knowing where to look as there was a lot going on at the same time.

There were occasional pop DADA rants by the Robs of Art Conspiracy impersonations of Marcel Duchamp and Tristan Tzara. Dallas artists Tish Brewer, Shannon Driscoll, Kayli House, Margo Miller and Pamela Nelson were making live paper collages.  Director Colby Allen showed a preview excerpt of his new film Dallas Art City. The main  art exhibition was Here. There. & Beyond, a group show of international, national, and regional artists.

The fashion installation was a my dream come true. The models casually strolled out and  then posed for a few minutes for each segment on raised platforms. There was no runway show – just clothing, art and bodies mixing, making people do a double-take. This presentation would not have been possible without my coordination team, Thanks Cynthia, Yvonne and Karina! And the models – they never seemed to run out of poses!

I truly believe fashion should be presented along side other art forms.  Some of the work exhibited confirmed that – like the multi-dimensional tapestries that use fabric as canvas and then layer different elements into the fabric like old vintage watches, plastic princess wands and swords, to name a few.

To commemorate the DADA’s Silver Anniversary, 25 Dallas artists made mobiles especially for the party, each representing a year of art and history.

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