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Salvaged Assembly HCC Student Fashion Show
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Houston Rising Fashion Show + Fundraiser
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Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta Exhibit in Houston

Salvaged Assembly HCC Student Fashion Show

The fashion design and cosmetology students at Houston Community College once again put on another show that didn’t disappoint. The show was also a competition, which featured judging by local industry professionals such as: Houston Chronicle’s Joy Sewing, designer Claire Drennan, Sarah-Jayne Smith and Ahshia Berry of Magpies and Peacocks, Torcha Walters from Simone’s Hair Gallery, and Naketha Ross from 360 Degrees.

The students competed in four categories: ‘Thrifted Threads,’ ‘Eco-rize,’ ‘Green Lux,’ and ‘Wearable Art.’ I saw garments constructed from potting soil bags, Q-Tips, coupons, newspaper, playing cards, pop tabs, paintbrushes, faux woven hair, holiday garland, denim, door hinges, color sample chips, cardboard, shopping bags, bubble wrap, Ikea bags, and so much more! My favorite garments were: the shopping bag dress with hat and shoes, the Queen of Hearts-inspired dress that was made mostly out of playing cards, a long dress made of holiday garland and featured working lights, a bikini made from Ikea bags, and a 1920s/Flapper- inspired dress made mostly from pop tabs and fabric. Then, the craziest, yet avant-garde outfit I’ve seen in awhile, a bustier with matching pants, strutted down the runway. Upon further glance, I noticed that the bustier and the trim on the pants were constructed from faux woven hair! The model that rocked it was also pretty fierce, so it was no surprise that it stood out in my book.

The cosmetology students also created incredible works of art for the competition. I witnessed one gal wearing Coca-Cola cans as giant rollers, which wouldn’t be complete without a can handbag. I also saw intricate sculptures on the models’ heads that were just brilliant, such as a nautical theme, a clothesline, flowers, and more.

“This year’s show theme, “Salvaged Assembly, Redefining Sustainable Style” came about as our students began thinking of a way to give a different approach to our annual Flash & Trash show. Sustainability is a topic of importance in the world of fashion, and it was important for students to began focusing on the impact that their designs will have on the environment. Garments were created using re-worked clothing and other materials including but not limited to items such as paper, plastic, and wood. The Sustainable Style show features designs from our Ready-to-wear Fashion Design students who are typically just beginning the fashion program at HCC. The show is entirely produced and directed by the Fashion Promotions class, which consists of predominantly Fashion Merchandising majors. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward Fashion Design and Merchandising scholarships and programs,” HCC fashion professor- Andrea Bonner stated.

 

 

Houston Rising Fashion Show + Fundraiser

The folks at FGI Houston recently held a fashion show and fundraiser, which included all local Houston designers, at the Norris Conference Center in CityCentre. Proceeds from the event went to Houston Furniture Bank and HGI Counseling, who are still helping with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. The evening was emceed by Casey Curry and Blanca Beltran. The showcase featured collections from up-and-coming, as well as established designers: Jamel Hawk, 86and90, Of Myth & Muse, Claire Drennan Knitwear, Steve Guthrie, Renegade Bridal, VCherie, Miles David, and Chloe Dao. Also featured, were local boutiques- Melodrama Boutique, MODchic Online, and Myth & Symbol. After the runway show, comedian Rob Mungle took the stage. Guests were also able to participate in a silent auction, with items donated by various sponsors.

View the slideshow below for the looks that went down the runway.

Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta Exhibit in Houston

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.

– Oscar de la Renta

Houston has recently celebrated the legendary designer’s clothing exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, through various small events, such as a discussion of the designer between Culturemap’s editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh, and former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. I attended the discussion and was just so enthralled hearing what Talley had to say regarding curating the exhibit, as well as his personal friendship with the designer, which spanned over the course of fifty years.

Oscar de la Renta, Clifford Pugh, Andre Leon Talley, MFAH, Houston

It was said that Diana Vreeland created a standard for fashion exhibitions. Mr. Talley used that memory, along with his years of experience spent working with her and other fashion notables on various projects, to help with building this exhibit, which took over a year to plan. He wanted to have certain pieces tell a story. Such stories could tell the tale of that of a flamenco dancer in a total frenzy, or duchesses and grandees of Spain going to Good Friday ceremonies at the Grand Cathedral. These grandees would go on foot in their best black clothes, black suits, and high jewels, mantillas, and combs. He noted that he saw it in 1987, as well as witnessed the bullfighters, and how they dressed.

One of the things that Mr. Talley recalled, was that Oscar like to interact with people, instead of just sitting and sketching. Also, that fabric was the most important, and that it, along with textures, spoke to him. The designer loved exuberant color, and was often inspired by the colors of Spain- the sunshine, the outdoors, flowers. Oscar’s vision was usually simple silhouettes that paired with opulent, almost Rococo fabrics. Lastly, his wife Annette was his muse.

The exhibit is beautifully curated and features over 70 of the designer’s iconic pieces, including Amal Clooney’s wedding dress from 2014 (and the last wedding dress Oscar designed before he passed). Other pieces were sourced from the company’s corporate and personal archives, the Pierre Balmain archives, other private lenders, and the museum’s archives.

The rooms are also divided into sections, which highlighted his greatest influences: Spain, the Far East, Icons, and the Garden. The ‘Spain’ room offered gowns in rich reds, white, black; paired with the mantillas, combs, flowers, and decadent jewelry. The ‘Far East’ room had influences of Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, and War and Peace. The ‘Garden’ room featured gowns with floral print, a dress with the same print as Marie Antoinette’s bedchambers at Versailles, as well as iconic wedding dresses. The wedding dress portion of the exhibit features the dress worn by Oscar’s stepdaughter Eliza Reed in her marriage to Alex Bolen (now CEO of the company), Amal Clooney’s dress, and a dress that was never worn but was inspired by Jennifer Jones in Madame Bovary. The ‘Icons’ room paid homage to Oscar’s long list of iconic clients, such as: Kirsten Dunst, Beyoncé, Lynn Wyatt, Yvonne Cormier, Rose Cullen, Annette de la Renta, Karlie Kloss, former First Lady- Laura Bush, Penelope Cruz, Anna Wintour, Eliza Bolen, and Taylor Swift.

I currently own three vintage Oscar de la Renta dresses, and having attended this exhibit, now have a even greater appreciation for them. I won’t be parting with them anytime soon.

The exhibit goes until January 28th, 2018. Purchase tickets HERE.

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

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