Cultural Couture: DC Documented, Dressed

Windows into your world.  Literally.

Events DC and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, along with Mayor Vincent Gray, Councilmember Jack Evans and the DC Fashion Foundation unveiled a public fashion art project at the Convention Center, Windows into DC: Cultural Couture, Wednesday morning.

The installation which shows “fashion design as a fine art” (Evans) depicts six of the city’s prominent neighborhoods and their fashion identity.

“This is the third year … [we’ve produced] Windows into DC,” explained Lionel Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.  “This year has been fun and exciting… to shed light on the creative talents of the emerging fashion industry in the District.”

From the Shaw/U Street piano inspired dress window to Capitol Hill’s tux and dress constructed of periodicals, Georgetown’s paper shopping bag wear to H Street’s chandelier “couture,” the windows both illustrate local fashion and connect it with scenic imagery of the city’s iconic neighborhoods.  These visual narratives are found in windows along M & N Streets from 7th through 9th.

“Our primary objective is… educational programs, workforce training initiatives, and networking and mentoring opportunities,” said DC Fashion Foundation’s Brooks-Cropper.  “Cultural Couture allows us to showcase the wealth of talent by fostering the work of local artists, designers and creative industry leaders.”

“And we actually learned a bit during this process, too — the history of the city.”

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