This past weekend, a culmination of hard work, planning and a beautiful combination of art, interior design and fashion came to fruition at Art by Design. I curated another unique fashion experience that elevates the idea of the Turn this Room into An Outfit Series, again this year, using inspiration from each interior design vignette. I had the incredible enjoyment of being on the Steering Committee. In my role, I had the pleasure of planning programs and presentations for the General Admission Day. I share with you all in a recap of photos Saturday's General Programming ....
Last year was my first year working with Arts Memphis and Art by Design. I envisioned bringing the Turn Your Room series that I launched on the blog back in 2014 to life. I pulled out the years of styling to mingle with interior design and amplify the dialogue I love which is Design Is One. I love this experience because it's my way of telling the story of multidisciplinary practices visually and convey a lifestyle of the woman in the vignettes.
I was humbled by the amazing designers and retailers who were willing to play along with me. Garden District Memphis hosted a nice dinner party with a breathtaking floral wall and gorgeous orchids for this woman who wore a full tulle skirt and crisp ivory shirt with a jaw dropping crystal statement necklace from 20Twelve.
Southern Muse had me and this woman who was hosting a luxury farm to table pop up dinner party (in my mind) with this chic sequin dress in White Door Events vignette. You couldn't really tell the detailing in the pillows but I referenced the gold trim in oversized pillows. I have always loved the woman Beg and Borrow Apparel designs and the impeccable craftsmanship. The look I paired in this room was a classic representation of the everyday woman who would dwell in Sara Spinosa's vignette.
During the beginning stages of planning on the steering committee, I felt a huge responsibility to consider diversity. Not just diversity in race, but age, class, professions, and industries. Carmeon Hamilton of Nubi Interiors was one of the first creatives I reached out to. She embodied everything I was looking for if I could express diversity aloud. Her vignette was the perfect reflection of her as a woman and as an interior designer.
The Design Is One panel was inspired by a documentary, about Italian-born Massimo and Lella Vignelli are among the world's most influential designers. Throughout their long career, their motto has been, 'If you can't find it, design it' The work covers such a broad spectrum that one could say the Vignellis are known by everybody, even those who don't know their names. From graphics to interiors to products and corporate identities, the film brings us into the work and everyday moments of the Vignellis' world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor. For quite some time, I have really sourced ways to pull out references from the documentary that really moved me to discuss how creative work is multidisciplinary across all spectrums. More so how each how each industry is inspired by the other. My dear friend Sophorn Kuoy did the honors of speaking on the Design Is One panel along with Carmeon and Tiena Gwin. each gave a very candid perspective on the process of design, creative sources and planning and how each is related.
Arts Memphis is a really great organization that I am proud to have my work aligned with. Want to get involved or learn more about Arts Memphis, visit them here.