Creativity fits like a glove
Eat your heart out Project Runway. The creative couture on the runway at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center’s annual Wearable Art fashion show and fundraiser would stand up to anything a reality show has to offer.
Area artists and designers created collections with meticulous craftsmanship that wowed the crowd of several hundred.
One designer presented a sports themed collection including a dress made of patchwork baseball gloves followed by a model donning a tutu of tennis balls with a top made from the net and visor of Astroturf. A golfing model wore long white gloves with a vest that at first looked like it was covered with fluttering feathers but it was actually crafted from pointed golf tees.
Later, David Bowie’s China Doll rocked as a backdrop for models in elaborate, flowing Asian costumes like those in a Chinese New Years parade, some with six foot extensions off the back for wings and tails.
St. Petersburg duo Eugenie Boundurant and Paul Wilborn played piano, sang and emceed the event, which is usually hosted by a drag queen. Wilborn apologized for being a boring middle aged couple from St. Petersburg. But the crowd seemed thrilled with the whole evening, which included pre-show entertainment with humans dressed as elaborate balloon animals.
“This is the most exciting event in Pinellas County,” said Kathy Milam, who may be slightly biased since she’s a Dunedin Fine Arts Center board member. “This arts center is a teaching force. We are here for the whole community no matter what your age or your interest.”