Paper Dress Exhibit on Display at City Gallery in Farmington Hills
The unique, edgy paper dress creations made of entirely recycled materials by artist Matt Richmond will be on display at the City Gallery at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills through April 13.
The City Gallery is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and during special events.
Richmond’s designs have most recently been seen on Channel 4’s Dateline Detroit Primetime Edition, featuring the gown that caused quite a stir when worn by the station’s reporter Ashley Baracy at the Detroit Auto Show. Baracy’s stunning gown was made entirely from auto brochures. Richmond’s designs have also been worn by live models at Royal Oak’s Gallery U, at an “ambush fashion show” in downtown Royal Oak, and have been exhibited at other venues and galleries. The City Gallery is his sixth exhibit.
Richmond’s materials vary from plastic Kroger bags to Target holiday wrapping paper. Although he has no formal training in clothing design, Richmond says he has always been fascinated by couture fashion. One of his favorite designers is Bob Mackie, the artist known for his dazzling designs created for stars such as Cher, Carol Burnett and The Spice Girls.
“My first creation was inspired by an old bust form that I found in my parents’ basement,” says Richmond. “I was bored one afternoon and decided to try to design a futuristic dress for the form out of old gift wrap and, as they say, the rest is history.”
The exhibit also features a wide array of fashion images by various photographers, starring Richmond’s designs.
For more information, call the Cultural Arts Division at 248-473-1856.