Call for Entries
A Spectacle of Fashion, Glamour and Floribunda!
Curators: Melissa Davis and Sheila Masson
French couture made its mark in the 1700s, when designers created lavish gowns and accessories for Queen Marie Antoinette. But the French term “Haute Couture,” meaning ‘high sewing’ or ‘high fashion’ was coined for the creations of Englishman Charles F. Worth in mid-1850’s Paris. Worth’s designs set a standard of quality in high-end fashion with the use of rare, unusual, ornate or heavily-patterned fabrics, sewn with extreme attention to detail, style, and elegance.
These fashions were truly wearable art incorporating draping, tailoring, fabric manipulation, and embroidery to create unique pieces. Worth became the first designer to shift from custom-made clothing to creating elaborate fashion collections and employing young models to present ensembles in a showroom. Thus, “fashion shows” were born.
French leadership in fashion continued into the 19th century influenced by art, architecture, and culture. In 1947, French prestige in fashion reigned with the “New Look” launched by Christian Dior. Glamorous film stars and dignitaries made these iconic styles even more popular. During the next decade, Dior and his contemporaries created a marvelous range of designs with flare, color, and most particularly attitude, with the modern woman in mind. This wildly popular style continued through the early 1960s.
Le Fleur Couture is the fourth wearable-art fashion show at Liberty Arts, capping off the Natural Beauties gallery exhibition featuring botanical illustration, August 11th through September 9th. This exciting fashion show will be an amazing evening of champagne, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.
Fashion designers and textile artists are invited to submit garments and accessories. Those accepted will be presenting their garments and ensembles in the runway show. Designers may enter up to 3 ensembles. (Artists who specialize in accessories are encouraged to collaborate with clothing designers to create complete ensembles.) All entries must be complete ensembles in order to be considered for the show. Entrants may model the ensemble, provide a model or let us provide a model.
Techniques, Materials & Designs
• Entries must be at least 80% original sewing, weaving, knitting, felting, dying, embroidering, etc. Materials may include: fabric, lace, trims, yarn, thread, or other fibers and MUST incorporate the use of
a. real or artificial flowers, petals, leaves, herbs, fruits, vegetables and other botanical elements and/or
b. fabrics printed, embossed, embroidered or woven with images of the above, and may also (optional) include small garden denizens such as artificial or printed birds, butterflies and beneficial insects, frogs, and other fauna.
• New designs that copy American and French styles from the late 1940s through the early 1960s are strongly encouraged.
• Unique, original and Avant Garde designs are also welcome, but should be appropriate for all viewers.
• Note: All entries should be a delight for the eyes and showpieces of the artist’s creative skills.
Entries with “off the rack” clothing will not be considered.
Artists may enter ensembles as both an individual and a collaborator, but separate entry registrations are required for all artists.
For submission details, please refer to the
“Art Entry Guidelines” page on the Liberty Arts Website.
For each entry, please submit 2-3 images, the title of the ensemble, and a 35-word or less written description highlighting the theme, inspiration and unique design features to be read aloud by our host. Be sure to indicate whether the ensemble is for sale or not and list the price. Artists may opt to sell their entries at the show for 80% of the sale price; 20% of the proceeds will support Liberty Arts Gallery’s future projects.
Submit your entries to: email@example.com with the subject line: SUBMISSION: Le Fleur Couture
Deadline for all entries: August 15, 2017.
Notification of acceptance: You will be contacted via email with your acceptance to the show by August 18, 2017.
Dress rehearsal: September 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Le Fleur Couture Gala: September 9, 2017.
Runway show begins at 7:00 p.m.
Models and all others participating in the show must arrive at 3:00 p.m. promptly with their complete costume for dress rehearsal, makeup and other preparations.
We are very excited about this show and look forward to your participation!