Fashion on the horizon
March 17, 2014

One of the wearable art pieces from last year's show at the Spatz Theatre. (Eliot Wright Photo)

You can expect feathers, body paint and glow-in-the-dark costumes, but beyond that, you might want to leave your preconceptions at the door as you enter NSCAD’s Wearable Art Show.

This year, the imaginative art pieces made by NSCAD students and others head down the catwalk on Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m. at the Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street. Admission is $10.

“The Wearable Art show is really an open show and not just for fashion designers—it’s for sculptors and painters and designers interested in working with the body,” says Justin Lees, the student organizer of this year’s show, now in its 23rd year.

Since the first show in 1991, proceeds from the show have gone to the AIDS Coalition of Halifax.

“It’s always so much fun to witness and it’s for a really great cause as well,” says Justin, a fourth-year student in Textiles/Fashion who is from Pictou, N.S. He is accepting submissions for the show, by NSCAD students and others in the community, until the end of March. For application forms, please email him at

Last year, the Wearable Art Show and the senior students’ fashion show were held together under the banner “Runaway.” This year, the events will be held separately to give each their own focus and identity.

The NSCAD Fashion Show, in which senior textiles/fashion students showcase their collections, will take place a few days later on Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m. at the Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Road. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students.

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NSCAD grad Liz Van Allen wears one of the dresses from Amy MacInnis's collection X-Tension at last year's Runaway show. (Eliot Wright Photos)