FASHION International Exhibition 2016 “Haute Couture II” Accepted

International Exhibition FASHION

I am pleased to announce that my abstract figurative sculpture “Haute Couture II” has been accepted for the 2016 International Exhibition FASHION, hosted by The Studio Door.  Juror Gilbert E. Meza, Indigo Salon (Previously Nordstrom Fashion Show Specialist) selected 30 artworks by 16 artists for the exhibition out of over 100 entries.

The Opening Reception is Saturday March 5, 2016 from 6 PM – 9 PM at The Studio Door, 3750 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104.  The show runs through March 27, 2016.


Haute Couture Sculpture

“Haute Couture II” vamps her edgy and strong high fashion with elegance. The sculpture is seven feet tall and made of steel mesh – part of my fashion series of sculptures.  The hard steel construction allows for clean, sharp lines.  She is pictured here at in my avocado grove at the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook, CA.

Fine Art Sculpture, Fashion, Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor
Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor, bust
Fine Art Sculpture, Fashion, Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor, straight back
Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor, straight back

The sculpture is the radiant color of sunshine standing out in high contrast from the landscape behind.

Three additional life-size mesh sculptures are on exhibit at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA in the 2015 Sculpture in the Garden Exhibition. My “She is Shotokan” sculpture has been accepted for the 2016 Exhibition to be installed late April/early May.

Haute Couture Fashion

Haute couture, French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking” or “high fashion”, refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing.  Haute couture is high end fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable sewers, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.

The term “haute couture” has taken on further popular meanings referring to non-dressmaking activities, such as production of fine art, music, etc.

Fine Art Sculpture, Fashion, Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor, lt back
Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor, left back

Couture translates literally from French as “dressmaking” but may also refer to fashion, sewing, or needlework.  Haute translates literally to “high”.  A haute couture garment is often made for a client, tailored specifically for the wearer’s measurements and body stance.  Considering the amount of time, money, and skill allotted to each completed piece, haute couture garments are also described as having no price tag: budget is not relevant.

Fine Art Sculpture, Fashion, Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor, full
Haute Couture II, Julia S. Rasor, full

Modernized haute couture shows are not designed and made to be sold, rather they are exactly what they are displayed for – for show.  Instead of being constructed for the purpose of selling and making money, they are made to further the publicity, as well as perception and understanding of brand image.

 

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