ShareThis Page
Fanfare

Fanfare: Material Worlds fashion show combines fashion and technology

| Monday, March 27, 2017, 11:39 a.m.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Natalie Wells, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Natalie Wells, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Attendees line up for the Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Attendees line up for the Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Rebekah Walsh, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Rebekah Walsh, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Erin and Jeff Cohen, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Erin and Jeff Cohen, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Wadrail Taylor, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Wadrail Taylor, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Jennifer Bennett, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Jennifer Bennett, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Alfredo Alvarez and Stephen Rector, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Alfredo Alvarez and Stephen Rector, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Casey Monteverde Pratkanis, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Casey Monteverde Pratkanis, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Madeline Gradle, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Madeline Gradle, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Dwayne Gresik and Dylan Strayer, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Dwayne Gresik and Dylan Strayer, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Dr. Helene Finegold, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Dr. Helene Finegold, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Eileen French Jordan and Jack Bellas, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Eileen French Jordan and Jack Bellas, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Jonathan Breight, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Jonathan Breight, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Caito Nagelson and Colin Anderson, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Caito Nagelson and Colin Anderson, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Martin Potoczny, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Martin Potoczny, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Erin Cooper, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Erin Cooper, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
LevelUp performes during Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
LevelUp performes during Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Marti Alberz, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Marti Alberz, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Ellie Adams, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Ellie Adams, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Haley Yanko, designer Stephanie Moye, and Monique Parham, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Haley Yanko, designer Stephanie Moye, and Monique Parham, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Steve Schlick, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Steve Schlick, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Anna Maleeva, Julia Muller and Jessa Gibboni, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, 
Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Anna Maleeva, Julia Muller and Jessa Gibboni, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Nia Gray and Krissy DiStefano, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Nia Gray and Krissy DiStefano, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Sharon Steele, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Sharon Steele, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Monique Parham, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Monique Parham, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Tori Mistick, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Tori Mistick, Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.
John Altdorfer
Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel - Carnegie Museum of Art, Ace Hotel, East Liberty. March 24, 2017.

If the line that cut its way through the lobby of the Ace Hotel wasn't indicative of just how piqued the interest was for the Carnegie Museum of Art's Material Worlds fashion show, the panicked, last-minute pleas for an in surely were.

"I got a million texts from people trying to get tickets," said the hotel's senior sales manager, Anna Baird.

A nod to the museum's "Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion" haute couture exhibit, a sold-out venue packed with 300 awaited looks by ten local artists and designers that were created under a breakneck timeframe.

"Well, we were given three weeks so we're hoping everything stays together for the show," laughed Atticus Adams of his metal mesh designs.

Such unconventional materials was just the point. Each structural fabrication incorporated a seemingly bizarre yet remarkably brilliant utilization of things like rockite, plaster, 3-D printed modules, and hand cut, heat-formed Plexiglass panels to embody van Herpen's avant-garde aesthetic.

"She uses materials in so many interesting ways and technology in so many interesting ways," said CMOA's Laura McDermitt, the show's creator. "What you're going to see tonight will blow your mind."

With standing room-only crowding the runway, dancers from LevelUp spiked energy levels before the runway launched under the brilliance of a lighting design by LUXE Creative's Martin Potoczny.

"Pittsburgh is growing up in a lot of ways, which is cool," said Evelyn Castillo. "This is a New York type of party."

Artists/designers included Rachel Muse, Lea Albaugh, Memphis George, Stephanie Moye, Brandon Darreff and Zain Islam-Hashmi, Sarah Jane Sindler, Richard Chou and Chengcheng Zhao, Julianne D'Errico, So-Hee Woo. Amongst the crowd were Revive Marketing's Eileen French and Jack Bellas, Helene Finegold, Ginny Rothschild, Mary Margaret Stamy, Erin and Jeff Cohen, Stephen Rector, Alfredo Alvarez, Paul Purdy and David Onufer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me