Dressed to Kill exhibit highlights the artistic side of fashion

<strong>“Queen for A Night” by Douglas Orr and David Rodriguez, paper and found household items</strong>

“Queen for A Night” by Douglas Orr and David Rodriguez, paper and found household items

Gallery Expo, 4321 Atlantic Ave., will open its Dressed to Kill fashion exhibit, a blend of art and fashion, on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 6pm to 9pm.
Curators David Rodriguez and Douglas Orr have challenged artists to design their own fashion pieces and accessories out of materials of their own choosing. As a result, the exhibit will feature some unique installations, assemblages, renderings and actual fashion designs.
“I’ve always thought of fashion as an art form,” Rodriguez said. “You might call it a decorative or applied art, as opposed to fine art, but what’s the distinction? The same amount of artistic expression goes into clothes, a piece of jewelry, or in the act of blending textures and patterns.”
<strong>“Progression” by Sarah Schirmer, recycled aluminum items. </strong>

“Progression” by Sarah Schirmer, recycled aluminum items.

The submissions were from Long Beach area artists as well as professional and emerging fashion designers and range from whimsical art to crafted fashion. “We wanted to do something entirely different and something that would garner some fascinating entries,” Rodriguez said. “I think people will be intrigued by what they will see here.”
The Dressed to Kill fashion exhibit will run from the opening reception on Aug. 18 through the Sept. 7 First Fridays art walk. The exhibit will be available for viewing from 4pm to 8pm on: Friday, Aug. 24; Saturday, Aug. 25; Friday, Aug. 31; and Saturday, Sept. 1. Gallery Expo is located at in the Expo Arts Center.
The opening reception is free and open to the public. Dogs, strollers or children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the gallery.

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