Exhibitions

Gillian Saunders

New Zealand

Inkling, 2013

EVA foam and paint

Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited.

WOW® World of WearableArt™

On view February 18, 2017 to June 11, 2017

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

For the last 25 years, New Zealand has hosted an annual design competition that challenges sculptors, costume designers, textile artists and makers of all stripes to explore the boundary between fashion and art, and to "get art off the walls and onto the body." The WOW® World of WearableArtTM competition is the country's largest art event and each year it culminates in a live runway show for winners in front of an audience of 50,000.

WOW® World of WearableArtTM  the exhibition  presents 32 ensembles the competition's most unique, spectacular and outlandish wearable artworks. Expertly crafted in a range of materials, from wood and aluminum to fiberglass and taxidermy, these creations celebrate lavish creativity and push the limits of wearability. PEM is the exclusive U.S. east coast venue for this interactive and theatrical exhibition.

WOW® World of WearableArtTM is presented in partnership with the New Zealand government. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum also provided support.

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Images

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

New Zealand
American Dream, 2012
Vinyl, leather, papier mâché, builders foam, plastic
Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited

Peter Wakeman

Peter Wakeman

New Zealand
Chica Under Glass, 2013
Fibreglass and plywood
Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited

Sarah Peacock

Sarah Peacock

New Zealand
Totally Sheepish, 2012
Wool and thread
Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited

Lynne Christiansen

Lynne Christiansen

USA
Gothic Habit, 2014
Felt, wood
Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited

Marjolein Dallinga

Marjolein Dallinga

Canada
Skin, 2011
Wool, silk
Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited

Gillian Saunders

Gillian Saunders

New Zealand

Inkling, 2013

EVA foam and paint

Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited.

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PEM/PM After Hours Party
Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 6pm - 9pm

Members, college students and Salem residents (with ID) free, nonmembers $12

Celebrate our upcoming fashion exhibition with signature cocktails, fashion displays by local designers and artisans, DIY challenges and a sneak peek of the exhibition before it opens to the public. Co-organized with Society for the Encouragement of the Arts Cape Ann.

 

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WOW: World of Wearable Art ›
OPENING DAY DEEP DIVE
Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 10am - 5pm

Explore garment design, construction and materials with fashion designers, costume makers, and other artisans. Enjoy art making, performance and demonstrations. 

 

Adult Workshop

WOW! Inspired Accessories
10-11:30 am, Create Space 1
Space limited, reservations by Feb 17

Make your own wearable art in this hands-on workshop.  Learn fiber arts techniques to stitch, plait, and braid a neckpiece from new and recycled materials.  Vinyl banners, embroidery floss, printed cotton, and acrylic paints are transformed into unique pieces that can be worn for any occasion. Fiber artist and instructor Rachel Chambers leads this WOW workshop.

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PERFORMANCE

Stilt Dancers
Noon-3 pm | Atrium

Pushing the boundaries of what traditional circus means, the stilt dancers of the Boston Circus Guild bring an astonishing spectacle to the Atrium. Observe their remarkable skills and interact with these talented artists decked out in spectacular ensembles.

 

DEMONSTRATION

Transforming Wood into Wearable Art
Noon-4 pm | Atrium

Discover how artist and woodworker Richard Crangle transforms wood into wearable art. Combining natural forms and time honored craftsmanship, Crangle creates breathtaking pieces that defy logic and blur the boundaries of what is "wearable," such as his Raven Dress, made of more than 500 hand-cut wood "feathers."

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Upcycled Wearable Art
1-4 pm | Atrium

Create wearable art pins from upcycled vinyl museum banners. Bring home your own colorful, plaited brooch. Led by fiber artist Rachel Chambers.

 

CONVERSATION

Creating Wearable Art
1-2 pm | Morse Auditorium 
Reservations by February 17

New York-based designer Miodrag Guberinic together with House of Cach fashion and art gallery owner Alexa Cach picked up three awards for their 2016 WOW® World of WearableArtTM entries. Join them as they discuss their inspirations, collaborative processes and what it is like to participate in the annual international design competition held in New Zealand. Shoshana Resnikoff, PEM's assistant curator for exhibitions and research, moderates this conversation. 

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Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Put a Patch on it! › For ages 5 to 8 with an adult
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 2pm - 3pm

Tickets available day of program

If you have ever had a hard time letting go of favorite items of clothing, learn how to repurpose them as we read I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn. Then find inspiration in the WOW exhibition as you design one-of-a-kind iron-on patches under the guidance of fiber artist Ana Campos.

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