Panel Discussion

July 10, 2011

The Dallas Art Dealers Association has spent 25 years dedicating itself to art and letting the world know there is nothing to be scared of. On April 16th DADA held the annual Spring Gallery Walk and Panel Discussion at the Goss-Michael Foundation. I was graced with yet another opportunity to work with DADA by participating as a panelist. For those of you who missed me the first time around, I was the guest designer for DADA’s 25th Anniversary which benefited the Edith Baker Art Scholarship. I showcased my Fall/Winter 2010 collection at the Dallas Contemporary. It was that opportunity that allowed me to be a part of this powerful panel discussion. Panel 1: The Intersection of Art and Fashion consisted of moderator Heidi Dillion and panelists Megan Mcquery, Julie Michel, Jason Sheeler, myself.

The hour and twenty minute discussion embodied very key concepts on art vs fashion and the intersection of the two. The panel questions were meant to be the key to unlock the mysterious door on fashion as an art form. Many people seem intimidated by art, as if it is only for the educated. Well that could be the farthest thing from the truth. Art is all around us and we all are influenced by it whether we realize it or not. One of the best qualities about art is that it deals with perspective, therefore inviting everyone to look, think, and speak what is on their mind when looking at art. Fashion is very much the same way, inviting. The two will forever be enablers in our cultural activities.

The questions were so intriguing and brought about many perspectives on the intersection of art and fashion. At the same time the same intersections were questioned if art is more superior to fashion. Audience participation starting weighting in towards the end. I thought that was the turning point in the discussion that dug deeper into the topic at hand. Even Lisa Taylor, Director of DADA had the urge to jump in an answer a question on demystifying art and fashion.

If you would like the full version of the panel discussion you can purchase the video for $15 by contacting DADA at Proceeds benefit the Edith Baker Scholarship and Art Career Development Fund. Here are my Top 5 Questions from the panel discussion, what are your thoughts?

1. What attributes do art and fashion share?

2. When Fashion is presented as an installation, does it automatically become art?

Jason : “ When you put a dress in a museum it is more drastic. Does it capture what the 60 ‘s were about. At the same it is not for everyone. For some people it is just a dress.”

3. Is art superior to fashion?

4. Is the concept of beauty enough to elevate fashion to the status of art?

Audience member: “I think they are not on the same level. Because they put them in the sense that they mean freedom. Art you can express anything that you want, but Fashion deals with things that are docile… ethical, cultural even moral values.”

5. How would you go about demystifying the appreciation of both fashion and art?

Support DADA in their efforts to support artist by buying a video today.

On Saturday November 13th, the Dallas Observer hosted their first ever “Artopia” event. It was a fusion of so many creative outlets: art, dance, fashion and food. And by the looks of the line before the doors opened at 8pm, Dallas was ready for it.

The Masterminds of Dallas Awards were awarding three grants of $2,000 to a local director, a furniture maker, and an artist who advocates peace. The Observer wants to encourage local artists to keep doing what they do and, in turn, help the local scene flourish. I think the Dallas culture needs the award, and events like Artopia.

As people began to make their way into the old LFT space, sensory overload began: there were works of art displayed, numerous bar and food stations set up, live mannequins in the front windows and a live band( which later evolved into live local DJ sets).  It took me a few minutes to take in all the visual stimulation before I could focus on all the other senses! After taking it all in, grabbing a few bites – I went into fashion mode.

Although the fashion organization and planning was handled, I still wanted to be a part of the back stage process. The production was neatly organized by Jonas Park, Founder of Blue Issue Agency and Monica Phi. And thanks to Dear Clark Salon for all the brilliant hair and make-up.

Being the first of several designers who were showcased that night, I peered out into the crowd before my fashion segment at 8:45.   The cocktails where flowing and everyone looked excited to be there. For the first time in a long time, I felt like Dallas was Dallas again! We have always been a city surrounded with great contemporary artists, but we lost our groove for a while.

The fashion show production was simple and direct – it was all about the fashion and the designers. I was so excited at the end of my segment that I couldn’t help but do a little dance. Check out the video below by videographer Wes Sutton.
Hopefully, Artopia has been a wake-up call to all of Dallas: WE NEED MORE ART FUSION CONSISTENTLY! There was a little bit of everything and that’s what made it a success!

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.