Right after Artistry in Fashion, I wrote a review of this year’s event. Then I forgot to actually post it on my blog for several weeks. Whoops.
It was great to see some of the local sewing friends I’ve met through groups and blogs. The last couple of years I’ve come home from AiF a little disappointed otherwise, though. I miss the student fashion show that used to be part of the day. And the vendors seem to have gotten less diverse – coalescing as wearable art for ladies of a certain age, which is neither my demographic nor my style.
Almost everyone was selling finished garments or accessories rather than raw materials. The two vendors that did have that were the button lady, whose inventory was much smaller than last year, and Lyla Messenger’s booth, which had a few fabrics as well as her patterns and notions, along with sample garments for sale. She also did the fashion show this year, which was interesting, but again not really my style. In previous years it was mostly finished items, but there were a few more diverse choices – like a lady who made handmade fimo buttons, a few jewelers/beaders, and more variety in clothing styles and fit.
Maybe I’m thinking about this too much, but it seems odd to me to have a program sponsored by a Fashion Design department that is almost entirely about purchasing finished goods rather than things like fabrics, patterns, etc. I will probably still attend since it’s close and it’s a way to see folks, but otherwise I can take or leave the event. (I’m not even sure why I’m posting this, as I’m not trying to be a downer, just relating my personal experience of the event over time.)