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Electric City Couture Launches 2015 Season
with 'Queen of Serpents' Exhibition
OPENING DAY: Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM
The exhibition will be comprised of artisnal clothing styles including coats, skirts and other vestments. Besides the usual body protection and adornment aspects of the apparel, Vilma also maintains it’s spiritual content - protection against harm and the attraction of fertility and happiness. Additionally, (5) large oversized, hand sewn and quilted tapestries based on characters from the mythical story, and (9) large traditional ritual flags will be on display. For more information on this exhibition please CLICK HERE.
The 'Queen of Serpents' will coincide with the 2015 Electric City Couture (ECC) Season kick off. ECC is proud to welcome back Vilma Mare as a featured designer at this years Spring show that will be held for the second consecutive year in Saratoga, New York at Universal Preservation Hall during a series of events on the weekend of April 24 - 26, 2015. Similar to last years format, Friday night (24th) will be a VIP Preview Cocktail Event of the planned pop up store. Saturday night (25th) will be the Main Runway Show and post show 'buy it off the runway event.' This year feature Special Guest, Schenectady, NY based designer MA+CH (formerly Marika Charles) in addition to a selection of past regional designers including Troy, NY based `e ko logic, Saratoga, NY based Khymanyo Studio and Valley Plains, NY based Jane Wilson Marquis in addition to a yet to be announced designer. Sunday (26th) will be a continuation of the pop up store for the general public.
"The 2015 season will see new developments in the way we represent and promote designers and elements of the regional fashion economy. By elevating fashion to the level of artform, we underscore its relevance as a wearable design aesthetic that enriches and also its place as a powerful tool that can encourage social dialogue." Corey Aldrich : Founder and Producer at Electric City Couture
Vilma was last featured in the 2013 Season in two ECC shows including the Spring Show at Proctors in Schenectady, NY and the Vanguard Mansion Show in Loudonville, NY as part of a benefit for the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
Exploring this non-heroic Baltic myth, the artist is promoting the preservation of indigenous identity and respect for its idiosyncrasies through a wearable design aesthetic. Vilma's Baltic Style dresses a woman in natural healthy fabrics and comforting clothing while portraying her within serene, thoughtful semantics that are able to communicate the universal values of respect to Earth's and Woman's fertility, and a devotion to one's family and health.
"I create for customers with wishful thoughts towards them. I hardly ever fail to satisfy their sartorial needs. Observing the ancient wisdom of the Baltic Druids protects me from vanity, harmful ego and a fruitless existence." - Vilma Mare : Fashion Designer | Artist
'Queen of Serpents' is the latest in an ongoing series of exhibitions, but as Alana Sparrow, Principal Founding Artist at The Foundry, notes, "This exhibition is unique in that it is the first time that the visiting artist is from the fashion industry and not the fine arts. By having the artist come from a different creative sector, our series has been strengthened by the multiplicity of viewpoints brought to the curatorial process."
A closing reception will provide an artist talk and panel discussion with nationally acclaimed author and public speaker James Howard Kunstler, fashion designers Vilma Mare (Founder of Baltic Style) and Kathleen Tesnakis (Founder at `e ko logic) in a panel discussion about the psychological impediments to rebuilding local economies and the obstacles faced by the artisan community as they strive to overcome the day to day challenges of competing in a global economy.
Additionally, a pop up store will feature garments for purchase.
Gallery Hours : Saturday & Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 PM | Admission : Free
Additional event production support for the 'Queen of Serpents' exhibition provided by 2440 Design Studio and Electric City Couture. This event is sponsored in part by Saratoga Pool and Tub of Saratoga Springs, New York.
2015 Season partners include Universal Preservation Hall and Proctors.
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