Wearable Art Represents "The United States"
Wearable Art Represents "The United States"

From Hot L'Anta to the Vermonster, the Luck of Las Vegas to Kisses for Pennsylvania, this year's wearable art garments celebrated "The United States" from coast to coast with designs inspired by our 50 states.

"Students were not only creative with their construction choices, but with their selections of what products and themes would be represent their chosen states," said Alexis Van Selow, Upper School art teacher and Art Constructions class instructor.

"Every year I'm impressed with the garments that our students are able to construct out of materials other than fabric, but this year was unbelievable. They were working with everything from corn husks to lottery tickets to bee's wax and loofahs!"

As has become tradition, the debut of the garments took place as part of the Fall Fine Arts Dinner, Concert, and Wearable Art Runway Show, sponsored by The Arts Boosters of St. Anne's-Belfield School and featuring the music of the Philharmonic Orchestra and a cappella groups TrebleMakers and Elements of Sound. An encore of the runway show took place the following day.

The Wearable Art Runway Show has become one of the School's most beloved events since the mid-2000's when art teacher Randy Bill brought the idea back to Charlottesville after a trip to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with daughter Annie Temmink. Temmink '07 went on to forge a career as a sculptor and costume designer, and recently competed in the World of Wearable Art competition in Wellington, New Zealand at which she took home the top prize for a first time entrance.

"We always hope that overcoming the challenges of designing garments without fabric gives our students a real feeling of satisfaction and inspires future creativity," noted Van Selow.

"This year we had nearly 50 students designing for the show and figuring out how to make rose petals, orange juice cartons, even blueprints and maps into constructions that not only held up in the studio but as they walked a runway – twice."

Photos from the event are now available on the School's SmugMug account courtesy of David Jones.