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Eye of the Beholder:
An Interactive Garment Exhibition

“Beauty has never been absolute and immutable but has taken on different aspects depending on the historical period and the country…beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”                                                                                                      -Umberto Ecco

We are faced with endless opportunities to observe, celebrate, and/or condemn the qualities that define beauty: gender, body type, size, age, race, ethnicity, style and so on. This is an opportunity for artist and audience to re-examine beauty. We invite you to create a garment in response to this challenging concept, the “Eye of the Beholder”.

We are looking for a garment or representative garment that can be either worn on an interactive runway, which afterwards will be displayed in the gallery-or be an unwearable garment placed in the gallery; addressing the “beauty” found in your interpretation of “Eye of the Beholder”. Artists are invited to submit as many as 3 sketches along with the swatches of fabric/materials for each concept. Collaborations are welcome.

Deadline to submit concept, drawings and material samples: January 30, 2017

Email submissions to:

Entry Fee: $20

Exhibition Opening: May 12, 2017 from 6:00-9:00PM

Exhibition Dates: May 12, 2017 thru June 4, 2017

Water Street Studios will provide artists with a stipend of no more than $200 to assist with the cost of supplies and materials. Artists are responsible for providing their own model(s) for their pieces. Hair and make- up professionals available upon request. This stipend is dependent upon successful sponsorship. 

For more information or if you have questions please contact: or call (630) 761-9977

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