Last weekend, I photographed The Crucible’s 15 annual fashion show in Oakland, California. The Crucible is an arts education non-profit that promotes collaboration. Here are my photos from Runway Show 1.
As an art educator, I appreciate the collaborative process. I also understand that if something is easy, it probably is not art. Nothing about Hot Couture seemed easy, but it was artistic.
The designers and industrial artists prepared three separate walks for Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire. Kimberly Ayotte, Heather Wakefield, and Jennifer Remmers, designed costumes for Runway Show 1. Perhaps because this was my first Hot Couture, I have slowly been captioning photos. If you notice an omission or error, please help me update the information. Did I miss John Williams?
Hot Couture might not be your standard fashion show, but it has something in common with popular fashion shows — the designers do not create outfits for the general population. I realized when I saw the first fashion piece installed onto the first model. (see the gallery for more photos.)
Some models can carry an 80 pound art piece on their back and other models, such as Kara Nova, can lift their feet over their head. One model juggled fire sticks during the first runway show. I stood in one place and took pictures amazed by the models, designers and other collaborates. I had the easy part.
During the next two days, I will post the photos from the other Runway Shows. The link to the first Runway Show is at the top of this post and again right here. NOTE: I edited the post on June 18, 2014 and added a couple more photos to this post. About 100 photos from the first Runway Show can still be found on the link..