Photo by Gary Barragan courtesy of KMAC
By Miranda McDonald
Dedicated to exploring the meaning of art through fashion, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft will present its fifth annual KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway on April 15.
Since its inception in 2013, KMAC Couture is a fashion presentation dedicated to showcasing handcrafted, wearable art from emerging and established regional artists that include costumers, milliners and designers. Every year, there is a unique theme for the event. This year, KMAC artists will explore the idea of color and how it has been utilized throughout history to connect people.
According to KMAC’s website, “Color theory connects us to centuries of creative expression seen by artists using vivid colors as texture and narrative, like Sam Gilliam, Helen Frankenthaler and Dan Flavin, or artists who use lack of color as texture, like Eva Hesse or designer Alexander Wang. Color can be a symbol of beauty and power, as well as a political tool used to divide and isolate. This year, KMAC Couture artists will challenge the vast spectrum of color as a subject matter by adding layers of creative interpretation that evoke emotion.”
Through the creation of handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces that are composed of unconventional materials, local artists like Gunnar Deathrage (former contestant on Project Runway) will explore the distinctive relationship between art and fashion for KMAC Couture. The unconventional materials that are used range from human hair to candle wax, and even match sticks.
The event will take place under a tent outside of KMAC Museum. Proceeds from the show support educational and exhibition programming for the museum throughout the year. To find out more and purchase tickets, click here.