The line between ‘art you wear’ and ‘art you admire’ is about to get a little fuzzier, as fashion designer and artist Irina Tevzadze’s exhibit, Fashion Unites with Art, makes its way to the Clayton Fine Art Gallery next month.
“My interest in fashion sprung from my mother's involvement in art and design,” says Tevzadze, whose mother was a professor at the Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts in the country of Georgia. “Years before I formally became a student, I was spending hours with my mother, attending art classes taught by her colleagues, and accompanying her visits to fashion shows, fashion houses and manufacturing facilities…”
Tevzadze’s first fashion show was in her hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, but her work also has been shown in Moscow and Paris. “Even though I was strongly interested in fashion from a very young age, I was still quite skeptical towards fashion from a general artistic perspective. Nowadays, I realize that if you are lucky enough, you can stay true to yourself and never quit art and still do fashion.”
Despite her international success, her fashion work has not been “actively presented in the United States,” she explains, making this exhibit even more special for St. Louis.
Attendees can anticipate seeing “mixed-media work and some one-of-a-kind wearable items” at the upcoming exhibit. Fashion Unites with Art is on display from March 1 through 31, with a reception on March 15.
From the backs of celebrities to department stores shelves, Rebecca Minkoff designs are everywhere—including, soon, on a St. Louis runway.
This designer first gained major attention in 2001 after her 'I Love New York' shirt was worn on The Tonight Show, according to the brand’s website. Four years later, her still-popular 'Morning After Bag' was released, and is credited as the piece that brought her to true designer stardom. Now, the collection truly runs the fashion gamut with ready-to-wear attire, shoes, bags, and the like. Minkoff will headline Saint Louis Fashion Week with her spring/summer 2014 collection; the runway presentation is scheduled for April 24 at Saks Fifth Avenue.