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Art you can wear — if you dare

dUNEDIN — The outfits vogueing down the runway Saturday at Wearable Art 5 are to fashion what chocolate is to basic food groups: a stretch. Which is the fun of candy and eye candy.

Dunedin Fine Art Center reprises its successful event, loaded with plenty of the latter, featuring designs by new contributors Sana Hassan, Cindy Linville, Sheree Lorraine and Ungala along with returning favorites Mark Byrne, Kina Kouture, Rogerio Martins, Ivana Ska and Frank Strunk III.

Strunk, a sculptor who works in rusting and corroded metal, has created some of the most memorable ensembles for past shows and this one will be no different: "A buff guy in a rusted metal kilt, space vixens with ray guns (Strunk, right, is shown with one here), belly dancers in metal attire, and for the finale, an illuminated Goddess of Light accompanied by hoop dancers," according to the artist. (Do not try wearing them at home.)

Kaya Parwanicka, who dreamed up the concept five years ago, is adding live music to the mix with Aimee Trachtenberg, Dave Helm and Ramblegrass.

Wearable Art 5 begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, with fashion show at 9 p.m. and afterglow party following. General admission tickets are $15; reserved seating is $50 and $75. For information: dfac.org or (727) 298-3322.

Lennie Bennett, Times art critic

Art you can wear — if you dare 08/12/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 5:30am]

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