Culture Candy presents its 2015 Uncommon Thread Wearable Art Show, a multidisciplinary presentation of wearable art from around the country, on Saturday at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., in Baton Rouge.
This year’s theme, “Epilogue,” asked artists to meditate on notable books, authors or literary characters and use wearable art as means of conversing about these influences, according to a news release.
Juror Wylie Sofia Garcia, a Houston native who resides in Burlington, Vermont, curated the competition, selecting over 20 pieces that represented the theme and will award a $1,000 grand prize on the night of the show.
The event includes a six-member dance troupe performing choreography by Micaela Conor while a presentation of wearable art is shown to music performed by Ship of Fools.
Costume design by Brandi Catoire, set design by Todd Hines and lighting by Phil Beard will help transform the library into a literary landscape.
Before and after the show, guests can participate in a scavenger hunt in search of books about wearable art, where they’ll find gift certificates to local businesses and complementary drink tickets.
Tickets can be purchased online at uncommonthread.culturecandy.org. A preshow reception, “Prologue,” starts at 7 p.m. on the third floor terrace of the library for $35. Complimentary food and an open bar will be provided.
Tickets for the show only are $20 and $15 for students online. At the door, tickets are $25 and $20 for students, respectively.
The current exhibit of Uncommon Thread pieces featured in past shows is on display in the Main Library until Dec. 30.
Since 2007, Culture Candy’s Uncommon Thread Wearable Art Show has hosted a national competition to showcase the best in wearable art. The juror, location and theme change each year, but the innovative presentation, focus on the artist experience and $1,000 cash prize remain constant, the release said.
“We work with a dedicated staff of marketing and design professionals, a crew of trained choreographers, dancers, makeup artists, stylists, set, sound and lighting designers, and musicians, as well as a volunteer base that ensures everything runs smoothly from the careful handling of artwork to making sure the models stay hydrated,” Culture Candy Executive Director Erin Rolfs said.
“Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of presenting over 200 pieces of wearable art from as close to home as Lafayette and from Los Angeles and New York City to crowds maxing at 1,200 people. Our jurors have included former Vera Wang designer Suzanne Perron, Garments of Paradise author and art historian Susan Ryan, sculptor Loren Schwerd, Fiber Arts Magazine editor Liz Good and local fashion designer Anthony Ryan Auld, among others,” Rolfs said.