A multi-faceted event that showcases hand-made, one of a kind art-to-wear for sale and for show. The event has two essential parts – a “sale” of artist made clothing and accessories and a runway show that combines art, fashion, and sculpture in functional wearable art by creative individuals from all parts of the region.
The event is sponsored by and is the biennial fundraiser for Cape Ann based Society for the Encouragement of the Arts. It takes place during Boston Fashion Week and ties the north shore of Boston into the Boston Fashion Trail by way of Gloucester.
It premiered in 2011 at Bass Rocks Golf Club. The inaugural show showcased 80 looks created by 35 artists and designers from New England and as far as New York City. It raised $15K (net) for seARTS and $10K work of artwork sold of which 75% went directly into the hands of artists. The overwhelming success and passion for the first event created a groundswell for 2013.
Due to the level of interest, the 2013 CWA moved to Cruiseport Gloucester. It showcased over 100 looks with over 50 artists and $29K (net) for seARTS. $19K worth of artwork sold.
Artists, designers, and models came from all segments of the north shore: students from local Manchester High School and Montserrat College of Art, local celebrities (author Wendy Booker, national spokesperson for Multiple Sclerosis Society to local floral designers from Sage Floral Studios. It was a fusion of the region’s creative economy.
Wearable Art Awards were given out for the second time with judges from the publication Art New England, the Peabody Essex Museum, and Montserrat College of Art selecting the best works.
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