On a cloudy and slightly rainy, the atmosphere in the Walters Art Museum in Downtown Baltimore was plenty vibrant and spring-like. The theme of this free Super Thursday event: In Full Bloom. Considering that this is still the beginning of Spring, In Full Bloom is an appropriate title…’Tis the season!
However, there is more to this theme than just the obvious seasonal correlation. All aspects of this event took to the theme in true form. The first couple of hours of the event were dedicated to artistic lovers, seekers, observers and networkers. Guests of the event were treated with the pleasure of being able to observe their latest exhibit, “Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics“, free of charge. Filled with various colorful and unique ceramic pieces, from multiple artists all over Japan, each piece takes you on a descriptive journey of the piece and how it was constructed. This exhibit will continue to be open to the public until May 11, 2014.
Outside of that exhibit, guests were also treated to unique displays of floral arrangements interpreting works of art pieces, which were organized by the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Gallery. The pieces were particularly placed throughout the gallery, and ranged in size from small 3-4 roses to large, colorful bouquets of artistic arrangements. For the social aspect of the event, multiple halls were set up in the museum’s 2nd floor, filled with standing tables to couches with coffee tables (depending on how your social vibe was at that moment). All the while, Mix It Up, expert mixologists, provided the spring-like, floral-inspired drink options for guests to enjoy, and DJ Jus-Spin played the lively, uptemp tunes to keep the party going.
Around 7pm, the real excitement began, as the In Full Bloom fashion show began. The production was created and arranged by none other than the top notch producer of the infamous Fashion Awards MD brand, Lana Rae (www.fashionawardsmd.com). First up were the designs of STUDIO D’MAXSI (www.studiodmaxsi.com). The collection was vibrant, yet sophisticated, starting with looks in shades of white, and ending with a bold red and gold theme for the last several looks. The floral inspirations shined through the use of ruffles, pleats, and floral headwear on several of the models. Next up was the Naomi Davidoff (www.naomidavidoff.com) collection, which dove in head-first into the “Full Bloom” theme. Although this collection featured the least number of looks (only 3), each told a story in being inspired by floral masquerade ball gowns of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries silhouettes. Needless to say, the collection was very colorful, dramatic and took the floral arrangements into a literal aspect. The final looks were from the Corjor International Couture collection, by Ean Williams (www.corjor.com), who is also the organizer and producer for DC Fashion Week (www.dcfashionweek.org). This collection takes the In Full Bloom aspect to the next level in abstract couture. The theme is lived out and realized through a few aspects: lace, sheer and free-flowing materials, the use of eye-catching designs as floral-esque type silhouettes, and the pops of color that spurts throughout the collection. By the last round of looks in the collection, you are submersed into an outdoor spring wedding, full with the dress and vail. You also couldn’t help but to sing along to your favorite popular songs during the collection’s debut! The production ended with a round of applause and many thanks to Ms. Lana Rae, who also glowed in her blue, multi-layer feathered, ball gown inspired dress…also, a Corjor International original.
Nevertheless, this event was a great way for art, fashion and spring enthusiasts to co-mingle together and kick-off what is sure to be a great season of warmth, growth, and artistic paradise for all!
All of the artists, and venue, listed above can be found on your nearby social media site, and stay tuned for more info on the next Super Thursday event.