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Pictures from past `NACC Art of Fashion` events: `Life Imitates Art` painting and dress design by Mary Grace Ohrum.
Pictures from past "NACC Art of Fashion" events: "Life Imitates Art" painting and dress design by Mary Grace Ohrum.

'Art of Fashion' returns to the NACC


Mon, Oct 30th 2023 01:10 pm

The fourth annual “Art of Fashion” design competition and runway show returns to the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, with what organizers called, “Incredible couture creations by 36 local designers … worn by over 80 models on the NACC's Grand Theatre stage.”

A press release noted, “This design competition and runway show challenged designers to create art inspired by the bravery and resilience of warriors in honor of Veterans Day. The ‘Warriors’ runway show will be hosted by Kate Glaser of Hope Rises and designs will be judged by Destiny Rogowski of Sweet Heart Pin Ups, Jordan Massimi: Style Mister and owner of Backroom Vintage, Ninja of Ninja Stylz Salon, and designer and international Niagara brand ambassador Tina Mt. Pleasant.

“These are not typical everyday apparel, but rather art presented on a human canvas. On this runway – transformed into a living art gallery – artists can push the boundaries of wearable art design: These one-of-a-kind creations range from dresses made of abandoned teddy bears, to gowns made from steel cages covered in crystal. Even the more traditional designs feature unexpected elements such as upholstery fabrics and intricate embroidery.” 

"Tight Rope Walker" by Janice Spagnola – 100% balloons. (NACC photo)


The designs featured in this year’s runway show were created by professional artists / designers as well as by upcoming stars from local design programs at Buffalo State University, Niagara County Community College and even South Park High School. Designers include: Amy McCalister, Amy Respeto Gonzalez, Anyelis Mendez, Aria Dasher, Brian "Bella" Bussard, Brook D'Angelo, Candace Masters, Carolyn Russell, Chelsea Badding, Dalia Perez, Danielle Ando, Denise Kelly, Ethan Bradley, Evelyn Schrimmel, Janice Spagnola, Jason Buckley, Julia Finucane, Karen Mock, Kia Ellis, Kodee Weir, Kristen Palmeri, Kyle-Lynn Tuttle, Lacey Christ, Laura Chenault, Liz LaMoy, Liz Martin, Maria McLaughlin, Mary Grace Ohrum, Medis Kent, Sheila Zuni, Sydney Ford, Therese Camarra and Veronica Kruger.

Prizes have been sponsored by the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA and will be awarded for creativity, showmanship and design, as well as outstanding artistic merit.

The red doors (Portage Road side) to the NACC will open at 5 p.m. with a preshow party with models wearing winning designs from previous years, plus live music and fashion vendors such as BfloGALS and Beadolio selling artisan jewelry and accessories. One Eye Cat Brewing Co. and Bella Rosa Winery will be on site offering samples of beer and wine, and the VIP reception is being catered by Power City Eatery. Guests are encouraged to attend in their favorite red carpet looks.

NACC programs are made possible in part through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Tickets are $100 VIP, $30 for general admission, $20 for students and seniors, and free for veterans with ID. Purchase by calling the NACC box office at 716-282-7530, ext. 100, or online at www.TheNACC.org/Events.

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