Robert Presley, for whom TAB was started, was an incredible local clothing designer. Every year in his honor, TAB continues to support designers from near and far by including their work in the Fashion Show.
The 2020 Wearable Art theme will be announced soon!
Last year’s theme was ‘metallics’…
Wearable Art is unique artwork created to be worn and displayed. It is fun, unexpected and not recognizable as traditional clothing. Think BIG, BOLD and FUNKY!
Click here for metallic inspiration and links to Wearable Art events around the world.
All entries and accessories must exhibit mainly metallic coloring:
Any material may be used. Metal, wire, paper, plastic, fabric ~ stretch your creative limits! (No glitter is permitted.)
The majority of the creation must contain metallic coloring through the use of real metals or conveyed with paint.
Creations may be built on existing garments, such as corsets or formal gowns.
Entries should be between women's sizes 6 - 12 and a men's medium.
Up to 2 outfits may be submitted per artist or group.
All entries must:
Be able to withstand the rigors of transportation to the Conference Center in Mountain Village
Be able to walk up and down short staircases and pass through standard height doorways.
Be able to withstand repeated wearing during rehearsals and fittings.
Accepted work will be in all performances of the Fashion Show at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village on February 27, 28 & March 2, 2019.
TAB requests but does not require that creations be donated to be auctioned off in a Silent Auction preceding the Fashion Show performances.
2019 IMPORTANT DATES
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 - 5-7 PM
Wearable Artists' Workshop @ Ah Haa School
Bring your questions, ideas and partially completed designs. Share and learn new techniques with other artists.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 - DEADLINE TO SUBMIT -
Submit completed Wearable Art Artist Form and email photos of sketches and/or mood board for all entries.
Designs do not need to be complete but ideas need to be developed through descriptions, drawings and photos. Pinterest boards are highly recommended.
Complete the Wearable Art Artist Form HERE.
Email pinterest link, photos, drawings, mood boards, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY, JANUARY 21
Wearable Art Committee will finalize all decisions and contact artists.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 5-7 PM
Wearable Artists' Workshop #2 @ Ah Haa School for accepted artists.
Workshop based on interests and needs of artists.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Artist’s delivery of all entries to Conference Center and model fittings at Conference Center in Mountain Village. Time: TBA (usually around 5pm)
WED. FEBRUARY 27, THUR. FEBRUARY 28 & SAT. MARCH 2
Dress Rehearsal, Sneak Peek and Gala Fashion Shows.
Artist access to backstage prior to show for dressing and repairs will be available.
SUNDAY, MARCH 4
Pick up for entries not donated at Conference Center - 10am -12pm OR Sheridan Opera House, 1-4 pm
RULES FOR ENTRY
Entries must be submitted by deadlines listed above.
Limit: 2 entries per designer or group.
Sneak Peek tickets:
Selected individual artist entries receive one ticket to the Sneak Peek performance on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28.
Group entries receive two tickets for the Sneak Peek performance on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28.
All entries must be original designs and must not have been used previously in a TAB-sponsored event.
Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, innovation and construction.
TAB retains the right to make additions and deletions to entries when needed due to mechanics, stage logistics and model comfort.
The Wearable Art Committee will judge all submissions.
The committee’s decisions are final and will not be challenged.
Provide clear instructions on hang tags. Include your name, title & photo of entry, dressing instructions and inventory of accessories for each garment and any special needs required for backstage - storage, hanging, etc.
You must provide every item that you wish your model to wear e.g. if entering a skirt, there must also be an accompanying top. Consider everything your model needs to wear i.e. nude boob tube, specialist pantyhose and spares.
Loops on skirts/bodices make hanging and storage easier. If a particular hanger is required, please supply it.
Entries must be durable! Test each piece and be confident it is not too heavy, unbalanced, uncomfortable or will not hold together with multiple wearings.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
A great concept must be supported with form and design.
Taking art off the wall and adorning the moving body requires you to make your entry integral to the human form.
Make sure the garment is comfortable enough to wear so that it can be choreographed for a model to show it off to its best advantage.
Entries including dangerous or sharp pieces or unfinished edges that may be harmful to models will not be considered.
TAB accepts no responsibility for any damage to or loss of entries.
TAB reserves the right to accept only a portion of your total entries.
TAB reserves the right to auction or sell all entries it chooses upon agreement with the designer. Please indicate which pieces are available for sale on your entry form.
TAB reserves the right to remove your entry from the Fashion Show production at any point in the week of performances.