This year's Fine Arts Concert & Wearable Art Runway Show began in dramatic fashion, with a quick date change due to inclement weather from Winter Storm Gia. But the show went on, with 50 Upper School students involved in the creation and modeling of 47 garments made of materials other than traditional fabrics.
"Senior Liza Kutsishvili submitted this year's theme, world mythology, to the Upper School suggestions survey and it generated a lot of enthusiasm," said Sophie Gibson, Upper School art teacher and Runway Show advisor.
Following performances by the Philharmonic Orchestra and a cappella groups Treblemakers and Elements of Sound, the Runway Show featured dresses, jackets, and even capes constructed from coffee filters, Klondike Bar wrappers, matches, flower petals, measuring tape, utility tarp, dried orange peels, playing cards, and much more.
"I have been awed by the students' dedication, care, patience, resilience, and risk-taking while making their garments," noted Gibson.
Student inspiration came from characters including Tapio, a Finnish forest god (made from sticks and moss), China's Dragon King (Arizona Green Tea cans), and Egyptian god Isis (gauze and paint stirrers) as well as Hawaiian goddesses Pele and Pholiahu (test tubes and party streamers) and many more.
This year's backdrops were created by Grades 7 & 8 Quest students under the guidance of Mr. Russell and Ms. Koscielny, and models accessorized their garments with creations made by Learning Village students in a special Arts Boosters-sponsored workshop.
This year's Runway Show concluded with a senior walk, in which one member of the Class of 2019 was recognized for her first year of involvement, two were recognized for their second, four were recognized for their third, and one was recognized for her fourth. It also included a tribute to Ms. Randy Bill, the art teacher responsible for bringing the Wearable Art Runway Show to the School more than a decade ago, who was in attendance.
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.
Photos from the event are now available on the School's SmugMug account courtesy of Mr. David Jones. To learn more about this year's student construction, view NBC 29's STAB Students Use Recyclables to Create Outfits for Wearable Art Show.