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Cape Ann’s very own original Art|Fashion|Fusion runway event falls (by design) on Day 1 of Boston Fashion Week.  The show, which opens with a marketplace featuring “wearable art” makers, takes place at Cruiseport, Gloucester.  If you saw the World of Wearable Arts Exhibit at the Peabody-Essex Museum and are hungry for more, seARTS Cape Ann has two great events for you in the next month.   

The month kicked off with a vibrant wearable art discussion hosted by seARTS and the  Cape Ann Museum  – Wearable Art: Exploring Expressions on the Human Form.  It was moderated by Paula Richter from the Peabody-Essex Museum (PEM) and included Jay Calderin, founder of Boston Fashion Week alongside local artists and a lead instructor from MassART. Read more here.

The recent World of Wearable Art ExhibitÔ at the PEM was wonderful lift to the efforts of this group.   The interest in the PEM exhibit and the inclusion of seARTS artists in the opening events, was a reinforcement of the opportunity that lies ahead to foster this important artistic niche.  Effectively wearable art is “boundaryless” in terms of the genres of makers that can participate, geography, and inspiration.  The 2017 CWAIV show will include designers from around the region showing fashion as well as the more imaginative and outrageous works out of unusual materials. Here are just some of the 30+ artists that will be on the runway:

Jennifer Greeke Gloucester

Barbara Poole – – Lowell

Eileen Mueller – Rockport

Pavlina Gilson –Manchester by the Sea

Camilla MacFadyen – Gloucester

Sage Floral Studio – Gloucester

Christine Gauthier Kelly 

Jane Wilson Marquis – New York City

Syron-Bishoff Designs: Brunswick, ME

Kiki Taron Kinney Marblehead


A special feature will be students from the Advanced Placement art class run by Tamara Burns at Manchester-Essex Regional High School and a large group from MassART.

By way of background, the seARTS Wearable Art Group was founded in 2007 by a group of jewelers but quickly evolved to include textile artists and makers of accessories.  Celebrate Wearable Art was launched in 2011 as a biennial show   It has expanded its mission to include connecting the wearable art community through education and networking events.   The events also pioneered Wearable Art Awards which will be backed this year by cash prizes and VIP judges from the MFA, PEM, and MassART.   This year’s Emcees are Elizabeth Hopkins from Boston25 News and Marilyn Schairer from WGBH Radio.

CWAIV makes for a delightful Sunday afternoon and out of town attendees are encouraged to spend the night  Sunday and take advantage of a package from seARTS and the Beauport Hotel!  The event is a benefit for the arts non-profit seARTS Cape Ann.  The makers donate 25% of their sales to seARTS. 

Book your ticket to the runway event HERE!  Questions? Visit or leave a message at 978-281-1222.