Fashion is a seductive powerhouse in contemporary culture, worthy of celebration and critique. From the earliest days of civilization to the present moment, we’ve been obsessed by decorative creations to adorn and define our beings. Madly inspired garments, bravura sketches, elaborately finished works, and experimental art in all media including video and installation will be accepted for judging to showcase the edge where adornment meets art.
Aimee Helen Koch, Shirt #7-23
Claudia Grau opened her first store on Melrose Ave in
1979, with one of a kind clothes created by her wacky
imagination. Her first commercial fashion hit was her
“Depression wear” which was ' Mad Max' meets the
Stone Age. Celebrities like Cher, Bette Midler, and Diane
Keaton, were regulars at the boutique. Later, Claudia
designed what became her signature collection antique
Japanese kimonos constructed into a patchwork fabric,
and remade into tailored jackets. Noted as one of the
top woman of personal style in designer Randolph
Duke’s book: “The Look: Dressing from the inside Out”,
Claudia has an eye for the unusual and has a flair for
crossing the lines between Art and Fashion.