Fashion Week El Paseo 2018
Every gown tells a story....
The four women who created Eve’s Garden, an installation of narrative gowns, come from a variety of artistic backgrounds: fashion and art school, studio workshops, and self taught. Their creations are an eclectic mix that ranges from simple stitch work to complex design and adornment, wearable or not.
For the past 7 years they have been collaborating to create exhibits that bring narrative storytelling with non-traditional garment construction. Past exhibits have been titled: Judging by Appearance - social messaging in contemporary clothing; The White Gowns - a pastiche of pale altered apparel; and Earth Gowns - inspired by nature.
Fashion is art; creating, displaying, and wearing clothing tells the world who we are. But this work is different. These artists are a part of the current movement of clothing as vehicle for expression, for storytelling and communicating convictions and emotions.
This is an exciting time for fiber artists as they find themselves showing work in major galleries around the world. Dresses and art-clothing creations are coming out of the closet, off mannequins, and hanging on walls as works of art. These “soft sculptures” allow us to appreciate the artistry and imagination involved in their creation.
This is also a pivotal moment for Women’s Stories. The 35 gowns in Eve's Garden share stories of power and vulnerability.