Paul Pulizzano wearing the sequined eyeball dress by Kevin Roach with a model wearing a painted dress by Samedi Djeimguero

Fabulate! fashion show & opening reception recap

Posted on October 1, 2018

The opening reception and fashion show for our must-see fall fashion exhibition, Fabulate!, was filled with artistic and sartorial whimsy. The studio was packed with a crowd of artists, families, and CE supporters ready to experience the raw couture created by CE artists over the past two years.

The Sixteenth Street studio was transformed into a psychedelic rainbow catwalk replete with rows of chairs for VIP donors and press. Before the event got started Fabulate! Curators Kelley Kerslake and Victor Molina addressed the crowd to explain the process and concepts behind the exhibition. Working only with donated and found materials, CE artists worked to alter, embellish, and deconstruct over 100 garments and accessories for the collection--proving that everyone can be fabulous with whatever is on hand!

Many garments were produced in partnership with the City College of San Francisco Surface Design Class, that has been taking place at the CE studio since 1988.

Sister Rosemary Chicken, of the San Francisco chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, announced the first outfit and within seconds the crowd was animated with applause, laughter, and screams of delight. CE artists and community models walked the runway in turn, each with their own flair, posing for photos along the way.

The runway show featured over 40 artists and models wearing outfits styled from the collection with some help from our fashionista supporters Nelson Bloncourt and Mariel Gonzalez (of Burberry). Models were treated to hair and makeup by Andrea Bolding and Michele Von Colorbox of Barnets Salon and adorned with jewelry provided by Fiat Lux.

Some highlights of the show included CE artist Paul Pulizzano slaying the runway with some dramatic dance moves while wearing a sequined “eyeball” dress designed by Kevin Roach. The ever-fabulous Vincent Jackson “stole the show” wearing his patchwork dashiki inspired by the time he spent quilting with his grandmother. Katherine Finn-Gamino twirled into everyone’s hearts wearing a black smock dress embellished with her embroidered flower patches.

Once the fashion show ended, the crowd rushed into the gallery to begin shopping the collection and trying on the original designs. The studio runway quickly became a dance floor as the crowd celebrated the show to tunes by DJ Eric Montano.

The exhibition is on view in the CE gallery through November 15, 2018. Drop by to see, feel, and shop the garments and accessories for yourself!

Check out more photos of this unforgettable event by Mike Melnyk below. See all the pics here in our Google Photos album.

Don’t miss our feature about the Fabulate! runway show in the San Francisco Chronicle Style Radar section by Tony Bravo.

CE artist Alissa Bledsoe wearing her original creation, a patterned African tunic
Model wearing an emroidered vest by Elana Cooper and a skirt by Olivia Byers-Strauss
Model wearing a hand-drawn dress shirt by Andrew Li of the famed SF parrots
John Iwaszewicz wearing a patchwork blazer by Joseph
Kathy Finn-Gamino wearing her smock dress featuring embroidered flowers
Model wearing a three-piece ensemble, adorned by Makeya Kaiser
CE artist Christina Marie Fong with former teacher and artist Grace Rosario Perkins
Vincent Jackson in full force wearing his one-of-a-kind patchwork dashiki
President of CE Board of Directors, David Prowler, wearing a tee by Pablo Calderon under a jack painted by Joseph
John Iwaszewicz (left) with models wearing a skirt by Ethel Rivera (middle), and a jacket by Christina Marie Fong (right)

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