At first glance, designer Catherine Chow seemed to be sporting the sort of tight, stripe-y sweater that can be found anywhere from the J. Crew catalog to a trendy boutique. Look a little more closely, though, and it’s clear the top is not your...
At first glance, designer Catherine Chow seemed to be sporting the sort of tight, stripe-y sweater that can be found anywhere from the J. Crew catalog to a trendy boutique. Look a little more closely, though, and it’s clear the top is not your typical hand-washable knit.
Chow, a Chicago artist/designer who goes by the name "Cat Chow," was wearing one of her own creations called "Conversation Piece," a rainbow-striped top made of telephone wire.
"Incorporating everyday objects into my work makes it interesting," said Chow, whose collection of wearable art is featured at the Chicago Cultural Center through November 3.
Chow, 29, who studied costume design at Northwestern University in Evanston, started working with unusual materials when she created chain mail-accessories for renaissance-fair actors. Soon enough, she’d moved on to a pants suit made of Astroturf, a dress made of Nokia cell phone covers and a quilted jacket made out of blue Kleenex. Her most recent creation is a V-neck sleeveless evening gown made of 1,000 donated $1 bills. George Washington peers out from the middle of the dress.
"It’s taken so long to do," said the admittedly perfectionist Chow, estimating that she worked 40 hours a week for 8 weeks to complete the dress. Now that’s what we call a serious fashion investment.
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, (312) F-I-N-E-A-R-T.
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive