This past saturday night the EMP Museum kicked-off their newest exhibition Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket with “Project Leather” , a fashion show that brings a spotlight on burgeoning Northwest designers working in the medium of leather. Check out the 6 Project Leather designers that were featured on the EMP’s Project Leather Runway Show.
Stone Crow Designs
Stone Crow Design by Jennifer Charkow were the first looks to come down the runway. Stone Crow Designs is an eco-friendly women’s wear and accessory line that is fashion forward, classically modern all with a touch of social responsibility. Her line featured a lot of up-cycles silhouettes.
Ruki by Melanie Parr
Ruki by Melanie Parr line was inspired by fine art, architecture and nature. This was definitely one of my favorite collections from the runway since she utilized a lot of leather mini skirts and shorts which are my personal favorite!
Pierre Davis is currently a student fashion designer at the Art Institute of Seattle. For his line he used leather and vinyl elements to create innovative fashion motivated by sci-fi and futuristic themes.
Alicia and Ben Wood are the Portland husband and wife duo behind Ms. Wood. Their “futuristic” line was absolutely my favorite that evening. Not only was leather incorporated into the clothing pieces but also onto the shoes that Ben fabricates. I literally wanted to take the clothes and shoes off the models and take them out around town.
Aykut Ozen is a custom leather and accesories designer from Seattle. His unique vision is drawn from the era 1930’s workwear to the era of 1960’s -70’s rock ‘n’ roll fashion. His leather designs were a mix of bohemian inspired rock ‘n’ roll!
Fur and leather queen Carole McClellan closed the show with her amazing vintage/estate furs and leather garments. Carole’s line was absolutely beautiful, she even featured her favorite piece of clothing; a leather jacket she made for Ann Wilson of Heart.
Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket Exhibit
After Project Leather runway show ended all of the guests had the opportunity to check-out the exhibit before it opened it’s doors to the public. The exhibit showcases the history of the black leather jacket for the first time. The jackets on display range from historic garments and haute couture to those worn by superstarts in the past in present. Be sure to go and personally check out this awesome new exhibit! You can purchase tickets here:
Check out some of the artifacts highlights:
Jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2
Jacket and shorts ensemble worn by Fergie
Original designs from legendary haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier and Versace.