Barbara Kavchok | An Uncommon Thread; Fashion as Fine Art

May 5 – August 16, 2023 2023-05-05 09:00:00 2023-08-16 09:00:00 15 Barbara Kavchok | An Uncommon Thread; Fashion as Fine Art Crayola Gallery true MM/DD/YYYY
Venue: Crayola Gallery

Artist’s Statement
Fashion is the embodiment of artistic self-expression, in which the wearer participates with and becomes the art.

These Haute Couture gowns and accompanying illustrations are bold portrayals of the fusion between fashion and fine art with a shared thread of symbolism binding them all together. Each gown is both soliloquy and chorus, representing the synergy—and sometimes conflict—between the natural and the artificial world.

As promising innovations in technology and AI are developing and bringing us wonderful new possibilities, they simultaneously threaten our privacy, our environment, and our very humanity. This collection explores the positives and negatives related to this progress.

The heavily-beaded macabre pieces represent not only the death/decay of an old paradigm, but also the humanity that continuously struggles to endure and carry through. They are juxtaposed with vibrant florals and sculptural ruffle forms that pay tribute to the natural world and the optimistic view of a new cultural evolution on the horizon.

Artist’s Biographical Sketch
Barbara Kavchok is a classically trained fine artist and a nationally recognized fashion designer. After completing her bachelor’s degree at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she completed a year-long intensive at the esteemed Barnstone Studios in Coplay, Pennsylvania. Her eponymous collection of handcrafted wedding gowns is created at her design atelier in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Venue Information
Crayola Gallery
Banana Factory
25 W Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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