Elevate: A DisArt Fashion Show
DisArt used the ramps and platforms from HYBRID STRUCTURES during its ELEVATE Fashion Show, a performance that was considered a highlight of ArtPrize 8. Disabled models from the Grand Rapids area wore curated fashions made by designers from New York, Chicago, Mexico, Boston, and West Michigan.
The show, produced by KBOgroup, was a multimedia experience including projections on buildings, a state-of- the-art light show, and digital audio. The fashion show, visible from many vantage points on the Rumsey Street Project site, had Spanish translation, captioning, a hearing loop, and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation.
Robert Andy Coombs, fashion lead for DisArt, produced the 2015 DisArt Festival Fashion Show. He reflected, “After the great success of the 2015, show I was delighted to get the opportunity to work with DisArt again. I was immediately excited to learn that we would be collaborating with SiTE:LAB in order to make HYBRID STRUCTURES double as the runway! This show will be more dynamic and diverse than the last with all-new amazing designs and creative vision.”
Gene Davidson and The Edge Salon did hair and makeup for the event. The fashion show was streamed live for those who are unable to attend in person. Following the event, DJ Keller Shaw moved into the garage for a post-fashion DJ show set for those who still wanted to party.