September 25, 2023


Youth trendy style

Wildey Theatre celebrates area fashion with ‘The Artwork of Fashion’

EDWARDSVILLE — If you’re wanting for some trend suggestions or if you just appreciate a style display, the Wildey Theatre is the area to be this Saturday evening.

The Wildey will host the eighth yearly “The Art of Fashion” at 7 p.m. immediately after very last year’s celebration was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The celebration will showcase the fashions of 11 Metro East merchants, business owners and curators. There will also be a layout competitiveness.

“The Artwork of Fashion” is presented by the Close friends of the Wildey, which is the theatre’s fundraising arm.

“This is a single of the fundraisers that we do each and every 12 months and to date, we have raised nearly $30,000,” Mates of the Wildey President Rich Walker reported. “All of the revenue goes back into the Wildey Theatre for special projects that the city wants to do for the theatre or particular programming that (Wildey supervisor) Al Canal would like to do. We’re below to assist fill in the gaps.

“This is a style present that showcases area designers and retailers as properly as about 60 local types. The products go over each individual age selection and just about each individual race and gender. It is a actually superior cross-representation of the community.”

This year’s layout competition is “Botanical Fashions from Character,” with a $200 prize for initial put and $100 for second place.

“Each yr for the final several years we have named a distinct theme and requested neighborhood designers to occur up with a wearable outfit primarily based on the concept,” Walker explained. “This year’s theme is of a botanical and organic and natural mother nature working with plant content you would obtain in character. It could be alive, it could be useless, it could be mushrooms, it could be leaves or bark.

“I can not wait to see what people will appear up with. We have high faculty college students enter it and we have specialist designers with their possess retail outlets. In 2019, the theme was to reimagine a marriage ceremony dress and the profitable designer recreated the wedding costume as an outfit for a three-foot-tall doll.”

Edwardsville Alderwoman Elizabeth Grant is coordinating the layout opposition for the trend demonstrate. She is also a member of the Mates of the Wildey board of administrators.

“Edwardsville has a excellent trend scene primarily based on the local enterprises and also the number of men and women who have become models and designers,” Grant mentioned. “It’s a wonderful night to rejoice all of that.

“We have 11 designers in this year’s show. We have some anchors of the exhibit, like Glik’s and What to Use, but we have some new merchants in city as nicely.”

The occasion starts off with the structure level of competition and the judging will be finished straight away.

“The contest definitely performs into the creativeness of our region,” Grant explained. “We have a student from Edwardsville High University in the opposition and we invite all of the community faculties, which includes SIUE and Lewis and Clark.

“The very first year we did the contest, we had 6 or seven competitors and the past time two yrs in the past we only had two competition, but they were equally wonderful models and the excellent of the function was so intriguing.”

The celebration begins with the style competitors and the judging will be performed immediately.

“The contest actually performs into the creativeness of our place,” Grant mentioned. “We have a scholar from Edwardsville High College in the opposition and we invite all of the regional schools, together with SIUE and Lewis and Clark.

“The to start with yr we did the contest, we had 6 or seven competitors and the past time two years ago we only experienced two competitors, but they were each terrific layouts and the top quality of the work was so attention-grabbing.”

All through the evening, Local 618 will have a pop-up boutique in the lobby. In addition, Rudy’s Flower Truck will be parked in front of the theatre.

“The pop-up boutique will allow for the people who are attending to do some purchasing for their late summertime or early slide fashions,” Walker reported. “Rudy’s Flower Truck will not only be promoting flowers, but we’re also likely to make confident that absolutely everyone who will come to the party will get a flower as well.”

The party will also feature dwell tunes in advance of and for the duration of the manner clearly show.

Tickets are $25 for standard seating and $20 for balcony seating (excluding the initially row). VIP seating is $50 and contains a gift bag and a 6 p.m. reception in the Wildey celebration space. The catered party is chiefly supported by Cleveland-Heath and Sacred Grounds.

Buckley & Buckley Regulation, P.C. is the formal sponsor for the function.

For more data about the trend present or to invest in tickets, go to or contact (618) 307-1750.