If there was ever a second style-centric reason for the fashion-savvy to road trip to Portland, this is it: Perspectives from designers and consumers alike are explored in Portland's Museum of Contemporary Craft's Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment, running Friday, May 9 through October 11.
MOCC and Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) worked with curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo to gather garments meant to examine the fashion industry’s influence upon the PNW’s identity. The exhibit combines the craft of design with the culture of fashion to dissect the production, circulation, re-use, and attached social value of our ever-changing wardrobes.
As mentioned in the press release, the exhibit “draws from the experience of both designer and wearer to explore the culture of regional fashion” showcasing 50 pieces from designers including Seattle's Michael Cepress, Michelle Lesniak, Carole McClellan, and Anna Telcs. Also included: Pendleton Woolen Mills, conceptual works, stories, and interactive workshops so you can get in there and ponder apparel and the ongoing struggle to survive fashion's newest trends.
The whole idea is to bring about a very Portland-esque shift in perspective—one that emphasizes local sourcing, slower production, and sustainability—to the notion of clothing as a disposable trend. That is, the idea is to de-glamorize fast fashion.
So take that, Zara.