Wearable Art

Robert Presley, for whom TAB was started, was an incredible local clothing designer. Every year in his honor, TAB continues to support local designers by including their work in the Fashion Show.

A big thank you to all 2017 Wearable Artists, working in the theme of PAPER!

2018 Wearable Art Theme will be announced here soon. Check back for details.


  • Need inspiration for fabulous wearable art PAPER creations? Click here
  • Up to 2 outfits may be submitted per artist or group. 
  • All fashions and accessories must be made of PAPER:
    • Outfits and accessories must be 90% paper, including bags, hats, belts, etc.
    • Acceptable pulp: newspaper, printer paper, magazines, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. 
    • No pressboard, cardboard, toilet paper tubes or coated paper (tetra pak boxes)
    • Binding techniques - sewing, glue, tape & wire - are allowed as long as your garment abides by the 90% rule and binding materials are not easily visible.
    • Paper can be painted, dyed, manipulated or written on.
    • Paper mache is permitted.
  • All entries must be wearable and able to withstand the rigors of transportation, choreography and 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 March 1,2 & 4, 2017.


  • Wednesday January 11th, 5:30-7:30pm, Wearable Artists' Workshop @ Ah Haa School - Bring your ideas, partially completed fashions. Share and learn new techniques with other artists.
  • JANUARY 20th - DEADLINE TO SUBMIT - Submit completed Wearable Art Artist Form with photos and descriptions for all outfits. Complete the entry form HERE.
  • Wednesday January 25th, 5:30-7:00pm, Artists' Workshop #2 @ Ah Haa School - Bring your ideas, partially completed fashions. Share and learn new techniques with other artists.
  • Monday, January 23rd — Wearable Art Committee will finalize all decisions and contact accepted designers.
  • Monday, 2.27.17, 5pm — Model fittings with designers at Conference Center in Mountain Village. Contact Kathleen if you can't make it to arrange drop off prior to this date.  
  • Wed. 3.1, Thur. 3.2 & Sat. 3.4 — Dress Rehearsal, Sneak Peek and Gala Fashion Shows
  • Sunday March 5th - Fashion Pick Up — Sheridan Opera House 1-4 pm
  • Monday March 6th - Designer Sample Sale — Donated fashions will be sold to the public.


  • Complete the entry form HERE.
  • Selected individual entries receive one ticket to the Wed. night show. Group entries receive two tickets for the Wed. night show.
  • All entries must be original designs and must not have been used previously in a TAB-sponsored event.
  • Limit: 2 entries per designer or group.
  • The Wearable Art Committee will be in touch via email regarding acceptance.


  • Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, innovation and construction.
  • TAB retains the right to move garments to different sections of the show and recommend accessory additions and/or deletions.
  • The Wearable Art Committee will judge all submissions. The committee’s decisions are final and will not be challenged. 


  • Accepted submissions may be dropped off in person or mailed to TAB.
  • Provide clear instructions on hang tags. Include your name, title of piece, 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. 


  • 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.

Contact Kathleen Morgan at kathleen@aidsbenefit.org

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