Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fashioning Cascadia

Pendleton is sponsoring a new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment, that features a number of regional clothing designers (as well as a few of Pendleton's lovely coats and capes!). The show is up now through October 11th so make sure to stop by!
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Pendleton Harding and Serape Stripe Toboggan coats at MOCC
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Pendleton Harding coat and cape
The exhibit is striking, bringing together a broad range of styles and designer aesthetics. The concept behind the show is honorable as well. It is, in part, a call-to-action for "unfashionable" clothing—heirloom garments that will stand the test of time, that can be repaired or upcycled and that have a responsible environmental impact. As Sarah Margolis-Pineo, Fashioning Cascadia's curator, says,

"It is by taking a closer look at the craft of clothing that Fashioning Cascadia seeks to reconnect us with our own sense of fashion, compelling us to consider the meaning that evolves from what we wear and how we wear it every day."

Over the next few months, MOCC is featuring various workshops and artist talks related to the exhibition. Visit their website for dates and event details.

Also on the website is an essay by Jacqueline Keeler about her personal connection to Pendleton Woolen Mills. (Check the Writings section).

We'd love to hear your thoughts on the exhibition! What does being "unfashionable" mean to you?

Images from Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment, curated by Sarah Margolis-Pineo for the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, May 9-October 11, 2014.