14 Mar FASHION IS ART IS FASHION – Were you there for The Movement?
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In case you are not aware, San Antonio is now nationally recognized as an Art City. This makes art the most important aspect of our city culture and elevates our creative community globally. Because of this, Style Lush TV believes that our fashion community should also be recognized as artists and on Saturday, March 10th, Style Lush TV, in collaboration with Southtown The Arts District, hosted FASHION is ART, the first and official celebration recognizing fashion in San Antonio as an art form!
During this long overdue celebration, the fashion community was acknowledged as artists and we formally celebrated the inclusion of our genre into the San Antonio Art Community. A speech as to why the Movement was being initiated took place, followed by the official Acknowledgment by Andy and Yvette Benavides of Southtown The Arts District. The ribbon for the ribbon cutting showcased the side by side colors of Southtown The Arts District (orange) and Style Lush TV (teal) as a symbol of the two worlds becoming one.
“Fashion is Art! Fashion community are artists! We have always believed that, so when Style Lush TV came to us with this idea, we were all too excited to support. It was a no brainer.” Yvette Benavides, Southtown The Arts District.
FASHION is ART took place at Second Saturday Artwalk, one of San Antonio’s oldest artwalks. Having been around for over 20 years, this artwalk attracts hundreds of people from San Antonio and around the world. The opening art reception for Fashion Is Art is Fashion showcased beautiful works by nine San Antonio Fashion Awards winners, past and present. Featured artists included, fashion design by Golden Skyy, the art of tailored suits by Limatus Bespoke, styling and headpiece design by Fabian Diaz, an 8 1/2 foot hand crafted Frida fashion doll by Rebecca Medina, hand crafted mens footwear by Sartorial Luxury, fashion painting “Dare To Imagine” by Giovanna Diz Zurita, handmade hair sculpture and gown by Mary Alice Medina, styling and fashion movie by Kirsten Thompson and fashion photography by Guillermo Velez.
Watch episode above for exhibit highlights. Photo by Chris Cantoya.
As part of Southtown The Arts District’s formal acknowledgment of fashion being an important genre of art, they have asked Style Lush TV to have a permeant presence at Second Saturday Artwalk along side the other artists at Second Saturday.
“On a secondary note, with FASHION is ART solidifying the inclusion of our genre as art, it is my hope that our fashion community gain a stronger chance at being recipients of the numerous art grants and funding opportunities that I see awarded every year. I myself have spent valuable company time applying for such opportunities or reaching out via email, only to be rejected for not being “the right type of art” or be ignored all together. It is only in the City’s best interest to diversify its categories of art. When creativity is supported, cities retain their talent, thus protecting its unique culture, which is why tourists come to San Antonio in the first place. When creativity is not supported, artists will find support elsewhere and leave San Antonio for what they see as greener pastures. I’d love to see the latter stop. I’m very excited to have the biggest brand for the founding art scene of San Antonio proclaim this Movement officially. We are headed in a progressive direction.” -Burgundy Woods
In direct response to the difficulty our fashion community has been having with being awarded funding, Style Lush TV has been working diligently over the years to create grants and funding opportunities under our brand. With a goal of this year being the first year to launch an example of this, we are thrilled to announce the upcoming opportunity coming this fall. More to come later this year. In the meantime, Style Lush TV will be working hard to find current art grants and funding programs already available to our city and post them to the network, so that our fashion community can apply.
“In the end, this Movement was meant to bring us all closer together. We are so proud to be a part of this history with Southtown The Arts District.”
On this night, fashion community and art community mixed and mingled. They supported each other and applauded the progress side by side. This event was so successful that it is now set to occur annually, showcase fashion art in traditional art exhibit style and will continue to support the fashion community and the entire progression of the City of San Antonio. We are all in this together.
If you believe FASHION is ART? Show your support for this movement. We’ve be wearing ours. Proudly.
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