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Collection exhibits worldly garments
The 6th Annual Joy Losee Collection: Art and Dress Along the Silk Road exhibit opened Thursday night, showcasing the local attire from across the Eastern Hemisphere. Losee collected the featured pieces as she traveled across the world with her job at Pan American Airways.
The collection displays everything from festival costumes to wedding ensembles to headpieces from various cultures.
Along with a display of garments, the event included a runway show and belly dancers who balanced swords and candles as they moved.
“It was unbelievable and astonishing to witness the dancer balance such a dangerous object,” pre-journalism freshman Jose Alvarez said. “I was afraid she might drop the sword.”
While the belly dancers provided entertainment, the fashion show remained the main event of the night.
This is the first time that Collections, Cultures and Collaborations has focused primarily on fashion, working together with the Texas Fashion Collection.
“It’s been a great partnership,” art design professor Myra Walker said. “We got a great crowd. It was better than we expected.”
Walker organized the runway with original student work inspired by the Joy Losee Collection.
“The fashion show was something we thought of a couple of months ago while students were doing research on those garments,” Walker said. “We are not trying to recreate any of the garments because we have the authentic art.”
She encouraged her students to work on pieces inspired by the collection, picking something fun and applying that to a contemporary design.
“It’s always really exciting to see fashion from other cultures,” fashion design senior Lauren Perdue said. “It helps you expand your idea of what fashion really is.”
The exhibit had several pieces that stood out to students for their exotic and intricate work.
“I really liked the color and beading on the Indian sari,” criminal justice sophomore Guadalupe Mendez said. “Vibrant colors are always a constant in fashion.”
The different dresses displayed in the gallery showed fashion as more than just a fad. Many of the items, when worn, directly reflected a person’s status, religion and culture.
“Fashion is something that is timeless. It’s not a throw away and useless,” Perdue said. “We are not just girls playing dress up – we are creating methods of self expression.”
The exhibit is open through February 9 in the UNT Art Gallery.