You likely won't see these clothes on the racks of major retailers and that's the point of the Wearable Art Fashion Show on Saturday at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd.
The artists-designers mimic the haute couture runways of Paris, where many of the clothes are one-of-a-kind fantasies, not meant for the bodies of nonmodels. It's that same fantasy that makes this show fun and popular, too: Reserved seating usually sells out before the event.
This year's show, the eighth, features designs by Rocky and Kathleen Bridges, Johnny Hunt, Mark Byrne, Scott Durfee and George Medeiros, the Garden Fairies, Michael Della Penna and Rogerio Martins. It's an interesting mix. Rocky Bridges, for example, is known exclusively as an artist and uses a lot of found objects in his mixed media work. Martins, on the other hand, has a solid design track record and creates collections that are sold in upscale department stores and boutiques. Shown is one of his designs.
A preparty begins at 7 p.m. Saturday; the show begins at 8:30 p.m. and is followed by an after-party with Woolly Bushmen performing. Reserved seat tickets are $35 and $75; general admission is $20. (727) 298-3322 or dfac.org.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic