Mar 14th 2018

Shape of Now: The Fair

@ Evanston Art Center

1717 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201

Opening Wednesday, March 14th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Sunday, March 18th

The Evanston Art Center is pleased to announce the Opening Reception of The Fair, curated by Katrin Schnabl!

The Fair brings together independent fashion designers artisans and collectives to present their current spring/summer collections in a unique sales event benefitting the Evanston Art Center. As a part of the ongoing SHAPE OF NOW fashion residency series curated by Katrin Schnabl, the public will have the opportunity to shop a curated selection of fashion, accessories and objects created by the participating designers and guest artists at THE FAIR, a unique art-meets-fashion pop-up showroom at the Evanston Art Center.

Each collection offers a unique and refined point-of-view, with garments and items that are carefully crafted in small series. Whether the focus is on accessibility and collaboration through fashion as championed by the bright and playful, yet serious work of Radical Visibility Collective, sustainability and ethical manufacturing practices via ‘slow fashion’ as in Jamie Hayes’ Production Mode, technological innovation seen in Anke Loh’s knitwear, or on elevating the sensual materiality of garments and objects through artisanal attention, such as Gillion Carrara’s jewelry as well as Andrea Reynders’ and Anna Brown’s collections, new design forms are articulated through these careful considerations. By doing so, designers open up new ways of collaboration and collective engagement, and create fashion as an opportunity to participate and express our identity by connection to what is important to us.

Featured Designers include:

+Abigail Glaum-Lathbury
+Alex Ulichny
+Ayrun Dismuke of Misanthrope:
+Katrin Schnabl
+Kristin Mariani
+Radical Visibility Collective

+Andrea Reynders
+Anke Loh
+Anna Brown
+Department of Curiosities
+Gerry Quinton
+Gillion Carrara
+Jack Cave
+Production Mode

The Fair will be on display in our First Floor Gallery from March 14 – 18, 2018.

Thursday, March 15: 11am – 6pm
Friday, March 16: 11am – 6pm
Saturday, March 17: 11am – 3pm
Sunday, March 18: 11am – 3pm

Designer Panel Discussion: Saturday, March 17 at 1PM
This panel discussion will offer a window into the creative practices of our designers, who will be on hand to introduce their work and to share insights into their processes and stories.

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