RAC and Michael Drummond Unite in the Fashion-Meets-Art Exhibition “DRESSED”

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Drummond’s “The Exquisite Corpse,” which I had the honor of styling, as part of RAC

Despite the dreary weather, fashion and art fans alike donned their umbrellas and showed up in numbers to last Friday’s opening reception of “DRESSED,” an art-meets-fashion presentation curated by designer Michael Drummond. I was honored to assist Drummond on the exhibition, held at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission through June 15, featuring works by Drummond, fellow “Project Runway” alum Laura Kathleen, Opera Theatre of St. Louis Head Draper Bob Trump, artist Marie McInerney and teacher/designer Deborah Pontious—all from St. Louis.

Drummond cites his influences as everything from hip-hop to excess and obsession.”I’m really interested in showing people who get lost in their work and obsess over tiny details. I wanted people to come to this show and marvel at obsession,” Dummond tells the St. Louis Beacon. Tiny details there were, from handwritten notes stitched onto a gown by Pontious, to a horse hair and organza dress by McInerney, or the miniature boxing gloves accenting the opulent biker jackets designed by Trump. It was the little things that made the most impact.

With a soundtrack that included Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci” playing prominently in the background, Drummond’s models stood posed—fiercely representing opulent street wear in a styling concept created by Drummond and myself (after hours of Brooke Candy videos and clips of Annie Lennox), and fully executed just minutes before the first rush of guests arrived. The extensive detail in the collections of both Drummond and Trump, juxtaposed the simplicity of the collection provided by Laura Kathleen, providing a fresh perspective into the future of fashion, where minimalism is just as important as being over the top.

Simplistic, chic looks by Laura Kathleen showcased luxe fabrics, clean lines and metal accents, as well as a few pieces from her jewelry collection. The center look was actually a wide-leg pant, paired with one of her signature bodysuits!

A local model preps backstage, wearing a fabulous neoprene coat by Laura Kathleen, one of the most-talked-about garments of the night.

I styled this model’s head wrap as an ode to both hip-hop and this video by Annie Lennox for “Money Can’t Buy It.”

Just one example of the immaculate details in the works by Bob Trump, who provided exclusive pieces from his personal wardrobe for the event. Insider info: every part of Trump’s pieces were made by hand, down to the patches. He even raises his own sheep so he can sheer the wool–now that’s dedication!

Michael and I celebrating post-show at the RAC

Head to the RAC at 6128 Delmar Blvd. before June 15th to see the exhibit, and shop the looks, available soon after at Ziezo (6394 Delmar).

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