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Past Event May 1, 2019 / 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Fashion in Bloom
Presented by Dream Warriors Foundation
Dream Warriors Foundation presents Fashion In Bloom, a celebration of creative expression, bringing together local designers/makers who are moving the art of slow fashion forward with the local dreamie community in a unique fashion show experience.
Designers include Meghan Huntz, Jazzmon Ivanna, Naked Lunch Apparel, Coco & Mischa - Shelly Searcy, Ana Carolina Mendoza, Decent Things - Bryanna Simpson, Lil Miss Leather - Taimia Miller, Ø GLASS, and Sabrina Fortenberry, with more designers and dancers coming soon.
Online tickets are now closed. Tickets are still available - $15 at the door.
Dream Warriors Foundation (DWF) and Atlanta Contemporary members receive a $2 discount on tickets!
A Dream Warrior is a woman, femme-identifying, or non-binary individual who promotes intersectional feminism, possesses an intangible brightness and has an instinct to connect with and better the world around us. A Dream Warrior believes that by unifying, relying, and sharing our experiences with one another, we are more equipped to forge forward on our own individual paths and foster positive change. The Dream Warriors Foundation is a funding mechanism to support Dream Warriors. Through online channels, an extensive resource directory, and grants, the foundation provides IRL connections and funding opportunities for a unified community.
Megan Huntz designs a women’s Ready-To-Wear collection built on the belief that elegance can be an everyday practice. Growing up in Atlanta as a southern woman, Huntz’s collection shows a special admiration for a great party dress. With a practical eye, classic Italian influences and a love for silk, she began her eponymous collection in 2014. Known for its clean lines yet undeniable feminine touch, the line has become a favorite of creative women, of all ages and all backgrounds. A champion of the Slow Fashion movement, Huntz’s fine clothing is designed and entirely produced ethically in Atlanta. She believes that fashion should… Inspire - Be a pleasure - Feel natural - Bring joy - Bring out one’s inner beauty - Be made ethically. Opened in Spetember of 2018, Huntz’s flagship shop is located in the shops at Highland Row in Poncey-Highland.
The ‘Jazzmón Ivanna’ brand is an umbrella of Art displayed in all forms of expressions; dedicated to blending fashion and poetry, creating interactive artistic pieces and displays. Born and raised in metro Atlanta/Decatur, Jazz [founder] has always had a passion for words and clothing. At a young age, Jazz was known for shredding and chopping up everything in her sight; a destructive design genius, some would say. It was in 3rd grade, she found her love for reading and poetry and started keeping a poetry journal. Throughout grade school and high school she toyed with various hobbies that would all lead back to her one great passion - fashion. It was in college when Jazz honed in on these skills and talent, majoring in fashion merchandising and art but later switching to business management to develop her entrepreneurial skills. Right out of Georgia State University, Jazz freelanced her way into displaying her artistic talents in many independent films and videos. Offering her clients a wonderful experience of art meets fashion interwoven with poetry, her work received justice after her first fashion show in February 2019. Several projects later, Jazz is now dedicated to designing pieces that express a wide range of emotions; unforgettable experiences and beautiful apparel to be admired and adorned.
I am a textile designer born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and currently working in Athens, GA. My mission is to make women of all body types feel beautiful and confident in pieces that are special and one of a kind, and to do this with a focus on combating the environmental footprint left by fast fashion. The fashion industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters, and with prices and quality of craft rapidly decreasing, outsourcing to poorer countries has led to fewer local jobs and more unfairly paid laborers. At Hannah James Studio I believe it is important to make a conscious effort to reject cheap fashion and commit to sustainable, ethically made clothing. For me this takes form in making small batch, handmade, locally produced apparel that maintains its quality over time, and begs to be passed down rather than thrown away. Each piece is made with great care and attention using all natural fibers, and created from start to finish in my home studio in Georgia.
Having earned a degree in Graphic Design was great but not enough. So I set out to figure out how I could present all of my talents under one umbrella. As a self-taught Fashion Designer and Illustrator, I’ve worked hard to polish my work just as I have with Graphic Design. Bringing together multiple design aesthetics without coming off as a Jackie of all trades and a master of none has been the goal. It has taken much practice sweat and tears formulating FIG Art, a brand meant to help companies or individuals bring their ideas to life. The world of design covers so many creative avenues and FIG Art is a map for those in need of services spanning a multitude of skill sets. Providing great work that someone can truly appreciate is what I strive for. Whether it is a logo for a business, enhancing a woman’s beauty through jewelry or expanding someone’s wardrobe. Being a creative designer is amazing for me because I have a varied, unique task at hand that pushes me and gives me so much to look forward to.
Ana Meza is a sculpture artist born in Barranquilla, Colombia. She received an associate degree in Design Technology from Ivy Tech Community College in 2011, and a Bachelor of Science degree for Interior Design as well as a Bachelor of fine art degree for Sculpture in 2016. Ana is currently a candidate for a Master of fine art degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Common themes in her art work include immigration, social identity, political and personal structures that symbolize an abstraction of her personal experiences.
Growing up, Los Angeles native - Taimia Miller has always had a desire to start her own handmade leather accessory line. Fascinated by the designs, detail and array of colors in leather, she followed her creative muse and began designing at her home in 2012. Combining her passion for all things unconventional, edgy, and bold to form the new trendiest accessory line called Lil’ Miss Leather. Later in 2016 - Taimia decided to push her creativity even more and explore the handbag world. She is now skilled in both jewelry and handbag design, specializing in distinctive and meticulously handcrafted leather accessories - mixxing the edginess of unusual leathers in a kaleidoscope of colors, shapes, and textures, while incorporating hardware. Lil’ Miss Leather designs an array of hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces that exudes style and creativity for women and men!
Ø GLASS was founded by Karen Glass in 2016. She has had a long career in the fashion industry throughout the globe. In moving to ATL in 2013, she began the process of exploring life and work consciously as a combined attribute for social enterprise. She has a studio factory at the Goat Farm Arts Center that focuses on sustainable products using hand done European Couture techniques. The brand produces 4 distinct lines: Ø archive-a collection of global fashion and textile artifacts upcycled into new one off pieces. Ø 2-second hand menswear upcycled with gender free design details as one off pieces as well. Ø knit-a modern knitwear collection in high quality cotton, designed around a mindfulness lifestyle to compliment both Ø archive and Ø 2. Mindfulness of purpose in life and work and a life long career in apparel design, development and production has shaped the processes and aesthetics of Ø GLASS. Ø GLASS is sold online and exclusively through the studio factory.
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