Ten finalists from the U of M’s apparel design program have been selected by WAM Collective to go head to head as they send original garments down the runway on Wednesday, April 24 at the Weisman Art Museum. Student designers were asked to interpret Laylah Ali’s Greenheads Series into a ready-for-the-runway garment that narrates their own personal experiences and stories. The designs have been constructed utilizing nontraditional materials, sculptural shaping, and innovative surface textures. Hair and makeup styling courtesy of Juut Salonspa will complete the looks as they are sent down the runway. Each garment will be judged by a panel of artists, designers, and style experts from the Twin Cities arts scene:
- Carolyn Halliday, textile artist
- Caroline Hayden, apparel designer
- Lyle Jackson, costume designer at Tulle and Dye
- Sara Rogers, the Mall of America’s style expert
- Nate Young, multimedia artist
Winners of Threads will walk away with a package of covetable prizes. In addition to the runway show and Q&A sessions with each designer, the event will also feature a dance performance by House of John Mark, a VIP lounge for WAM members, and a cash bar for all attendees. Emceed by the Twin Cities’ Grant Whittaker, this event is free for WAM members and U of M students. General public tickets will be sold for $5. Tickets on sale March 25 here.
If you joined WAM Collective for last year’s No White, you already know not to miss another one of these fabulous events. Members lounge begins at 6:00pm, with General Admission at 7:00pm. Don’t be late! Show starts at 7:30pm.