Tuesday, January 8, 2013

On Friday, I went to Cleveland for an event called Project Tunic at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The event was set up like Project Runway. Local designers created a look (or a few) that were inspired by the Wari's. The Wari's are described as "the time between 600 and 1000, long before the Inca, the Wari forged a complex society widely regarded today as ancient Peru's first empire." Which is totally fascinating because a lot of information about their culture is still being discovered.

Before the event, we were given a personal tour of the exhibit from the curator (also one of the judges). It was incredible and very informative. I learned a lot about the Wari culture and fashions. Which was mostly intricate and elaborate tunics with repeating patterns and beautiful details. It was a nice prequel to the event.

The runway show was in the atrium and it was BEAUTIFUL. The whole set up was very elegant and incredibly perfect. There were fifteen local designers that were sending pieces down the runway. The idea was for the clothes to be inspired by the Wari culture -- the patterns, the technique, the details, and still be modern and wearable. There was little bit of everything.

The fifteen designs went down the runway in a flash and it was very fun and surreal to sit on the side of the stage and making notes about the designs. I felt very official. Once the runway show was over the judges and myself went to deliberate.

The judges were Sue Bergh (art curator), Tina Cassara (textile professor @ Cleveland Institute of Art), Valerie Mayen (Owner/designer of Yellowcake), and myself (the fashion blogger, of course). We were of varied backgrounds and view points which made the judging process really fun and fair. We had to pick a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and a curators choice. There was also a People's Choice award.

First place was a beautiful scarf, second place, a red sprang tunic (pictured above), and beaded straps/belt. We really tried our hardest to select the ones that were very Wari inspired and every day. Sue and Tina were very insightful in that department. I was happy with the results and am still swooning over the scarf.
Overall, the event was an absolute success and a total honor! The contestants blew me away and so did the entire event. I've never been to anything like it.

If you are local, you should check out the MIX events at the Museum. They take place the first Friday of every month and are themed cocktail hours. For more information, click here.
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  1. It looks like it was great fun, and some of the pieces are very extreme but I like them.

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  2. What an interesting event! Thank you for sharing the photos! x

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  3. This sounds like so much fun, and these designs really are quite incredible!! What a great experience for you !
    xJennaD

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  4. What an awesome opportunity. This sounds like such a cool event and you do seem very official!

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  5. so awesome to see local art work. what a cool opportunity and so awesome you were invited to judge! i bet all the behinds the scenes stuff must've been amazing too!
    http://dusanabotswana.com/

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    1. I didn't get to see any of the behind the scenes, though I bet that would've been cool too.

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  6. This looks so fun! I really love that black and yellow dress. It's maybe not for everyday, but the color contrast is so pretty. Glad you had a great time! <3

    toni

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    1. I do love black/yellow contrast, but it makes me feel like a bumble bee.

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  7. What a cool event! You have so many great things going on over there

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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    1. Doesn't it make you want to move here? Just kidding!

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  8. What a creative, fun event, yet also educational!

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  9. This is so cool and I am so proud of you! I think being a judge was such an honor. I have to say, I'm a little curious what you wore that night too :)

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  10. I missed this post! I still think that is so freaking cool they asked you to be a judge! What an experience, it sounds and looks like it was so much fun.
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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