Museum of Contemporary Craft: Fashioning Cascadia

New versionPortland is on the cutting edge of just about everything these days, and fashion and fine craft are in the mix. This intriguing exhibition, curated by Sarah Margolis-Pineo, explores the intersection between what we wear, why we wear it, and how these choices define who we are as individuals and as a community. You’ve heard of the Slow Food movement, right? How about the Slow Fiber movement?

“How does fashion and clothing engage craft, technically, materially, and conceptually in the design, production, circulation, use, and reuse of garments? Here, clothing is defined as the objects produced—the physical garments, whereas fashion is viewed as the cultural zeitgeist that fashion embodies: an ever-changing identity for the current moment. Leveraging craft as a framework, Fashioning Cascadia collapses clothing and fashion, bringing together the tangible utility of clothing with the creativity and cultural import of fashion in the Cascadian region.

This exhibition asks: What is being made here and why? How does the fashion industry shape the regional identity of the Pacific Northwest? How/why are we known as a locality that innovates through research and technology, as well as handcraft, finding new models of production and consumption that reframe behavior patterns to be positioned for a more sustainable future?”

(Fashioning Cascadia runs May 09, 2014 – October 11, 2014. )

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