Staff at Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum are prepping for an unusual holiday exhibit that will open the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The exhibit is called “Avant Garden: Weaving Fashion and Nature Together.”
The show was inspired by the influence nature has on fashion and couture and will feature exhibits on textiles, plant-based fabric dyes, and plants used as the basis of clothing, for example, bamboo, rayon, and linen.
One display sure to capture people’s attention is the collection of “living dresses” the Matthaei-Nichols crew is putting together over the next weeks. At the end of September the dress made from succulents was really starting to come together. Staff attached sphagnum moss to a dressmaker’s wire form. Over that they began painstakingly to apply succulents in alternating swaths in the dress part. The pictures below tell the story best. We’re looking forward to the exhibit! Should be pretty cool.
Update, October 10, 2016: the succulent dress is nearly complete. Take a look:
|All the moss is attached to the frame. ready for the
|Carmen begins applying the living plants.|
|After she applies the “hem,” Carmen begins
adding more plants in a whorled pattern.
|Dress portion nearly done!|