Wearable Art Features Balloons, Stamps, Puzzle Pieces, and More

On Friday, Jan. 24. students took to the runway to model more than 55 garments created entirely out of materials other than fabric. Created with the theme “Micro/Macro” in mind, student designers used balloons, stamps, puzzle pieces, chip bags, receipts, pool floaties, magazines, and more to create dresses, skirts, tops, jackets, and masks.

“Participating in the Wearable Arts Runway Show teaches students resilience, confidence, adaptability, and time management,” noted faculty advisor and Upper School art and Humanities teacher Sophie Gibson '12.

“It allows them to explore creative misuses for materials and everyday waste. Constructing a garment requires both engineering and aesthetic considerations. I love helping students marry their concepts and material applications. It is so much fun to see the unique ways they express themselves in their garments!” 

Each garment was inspired by Micro/Macro theme, meaning the smallest and largest things in the universe. From butterfly wings to sea foam, love to peace, braces to big cities, student designers took everyday items and used them to create wearable art.

“This is one way that my art and everyone's art gets to be displayed on stage,” said Sophia Pellechia ’20 in a CBS 19 news story. “And I think that's important to everyone. Not just about the fashion but also about the art."

This year, Grades 7 & 8 students in the “Can Household Objects Become High Fashion?” Quest contributed a garment, and a workshop open to all School students allowed even more designers to contribute to accessories.

In addition to the Runway Show, School a cappella groups Elements of Sound and Treblemakers performed and a senior walk highlighted members of the Class of 2020 who have been involved in the show for one, two, three, and four years.

Thank you to the Arts Boosters for organizing and hosting this beloved School event, as well as to all the arts faculty, student participants, and parent volunteers who contributed their time to making it a success.

See more photos from the event here.


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