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Wearable Art 7 at Dunedin Fine Art Center is Saturday

DUNEDIN

Why mow the lawn when you can wear it instead?

In her grassy line of clothing called "Lawndry," artist Johnson Hunt shares her message of eco-couture while commenting on "excessive consumerism associated with the fashion industry."

"These garments reduce the carbon footprint that accompany high couture and can be planted when no longer in style," she said.

Oh, that's so tomorrow.

And so is the Dunedin Fine Art Center's signature fashion fiesta, Wearable Art 7. The runway show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, but there's a 7:30 p.m. pre-party and an after-party too. The shows usually sell out, so don't wait to get your tickets if you plan to go. General admission tickets are $17; reserved seats are $37 and $77.

In past years, the fun and funky fashion show has conjured up an assortment of fashion oddities like lamp-shade head wear, metal corsets with high-tech gadgetry, and eye-popping balloon wear. This year's catwalk features designs by a brand-new batch of designing ladies and men.

"I don't want to give too much away," said the show's creator, Kaya Jill, "but we have a very talented group of designers, many of whom are visual artists that accepted the challenge to leave their comfort zone and design a line of wearable art.

"It will be fun to see what they all come up with."

Returning is Brazilian fashion designer Rogerio Martins, always a crowd pleaser. One year, he created a dress from raw meat.

"That was two years before Lady Gaga had her meat piece," said Jill. "She should have hired Rogerio."

The other seven designers are newcomers to the wearable art scene.

Perhaps the best known is local legend Rocky Bridges, who began plucking rusty objects from the trash bin long before it was a cool thing to do. He's pairing with his wife, Kathleen, a paper collage artist, for the show.

"We're bringing five pieces and they will offer a nice contrast of industrial metal and fine delicate paperwork," he said. Their daughter, Brooklyn, 14, will be one of their models.

Other artists include Ivan, a body painter who goes by his first name only, Colombian artist Monica Londono, Kaitlyn Lynch of Palm Harbor and Joshua Veasey of Lakeland.

Leah Renne Pecoraro of Dunedin, a creator of theatrical-type installations, sculpts prosthetics at a medical device lab during the day.

She will present a line of clothing "influenced by vaudeville. It's sort of the big bustle, showgirl look with an eerie edge," she said.

Submit ideas for Diversions features to Terri Bryce Reeves at treeves@tampabay.rr.com Events must take place in north Pinellas.

>>Fast facts

Wearable Art 7

When: Saturday. Pre-party at 7:30 p.m., runway show at 9 p.m. followed by an after-party.

Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd.

Tickets: General admission (standing) $17; bleacher seating $37; runway seats $77. All tickets $5 more at the door, if available, day of show. To purchase, visit the center, go online to dfac.org/tickets or call (727) 298-3322.

Wearable Art 7 at Dunedin Fine Art Center is Saturday 08/11/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2011 5:39pm]

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