Fashioning Cascadia

This exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Craft examines the intersection of fashion and craft.

Portland designer Adam Arnold in his studio.Portland designer Adam Arnold in his studio.
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    There was a time when “Northwest style” meant fleece, jeans and rain jackets. But over the last decade or so, the same creativity and DIY ethic that have long made Portland a leader in craft beer, food and shoes (Nike, anyone?) have also put the city on the fashion map. Just consider the fact that only New York and Los Angeles have sent more contestants to Project Runway — and no city has produced more winners.

    Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft examines the intersection of fashion and craft with Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment, an exhibition running from spring through the fall fashion season (May 9–Oct. 11, 2014).

    Fashioning Cascadia not only considers the creative design process, but also explores the supply chains that are necessary to produce clothing, and its use and re-use. It introduces the idea of “slow fashion,” similar to the slow food movement in its local sourcing of materials and responsible production of garments. Eight Northwest fashion designers and collectives are showcased in the exhibit: Adam Arnold, Michael Cepress, Anna Cohen and Imperial Stock Ranch, Michelle Lesniak, Carole McClellan, The Portland Collection by Pendleton Woolen Mills, Liza Rietz and Anna Telcs. Michelle Lesniak was the winner of Project Runway, Season 11.

    Beyond gallery installations, the exhibition will also feature artists-in-residence, hands-on workshops and the PDX Garment Map — a map of Portland’s apparel production resources and boutiques where clothing is made on-site. Apparel by some of the designers featured in Fashioning Cascadia will be available for purchase in the museum’s gallery store.

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    Museum of Contemporary Craft presents Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment

    • May 9, 2014 – Oct. 11, 2014

    Location — Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR

    Categories — Exhibition, Museums/Galleries

    Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment, an exhibition that draws from the experience of both designer and wearer to explore the culture of regional fashion, May 9 through October 11, 2014. Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment examines the design, production, circulation, use, and reuse of garments with works by eight Northwest fashion designers and collectives, including: Adam Arnold, Michael Cepress, Anna Cohen and Imperial Stock Ranch, Michelle Lesniak, Carole McClellan, The Portland Collection by Pendleton Woolen Mills, Liza Rietz, and Anna Telcs. Organized by Associate Curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo, the exhibition features spectacular finished garments alongside ephemera to illustrate the behind-the-scenes of the designer's process.

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    Recent & Upcoming Dates
    • Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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