EMP Presents Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket

Posted on October 18, 2012, 11:11 am
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This leather jacket, designed by Carole McClellan for Ann Wilson of Heart during the Baracuda Tour era circa 1978, will make it’s way down the runway at EMP’s Worn To Be Wild: The Black leather Jacket event.

Its nearly here, so if you haven’t purchased your tickets, get on it- EMP is hosting an exciting fashion show which includes local designers. The iconic black leather jacket transcends all periods of pop, rock ‘n’ roll and contemporary culture. We cant wait to see these talented designers showcase their designs in Seattle’s own rock-n-roll venue. This is one night out definitely not to be missed!

SEATTLE – On October 20, 2012, EMP Museum kicks off its newest exhibition, Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket, with a runway show spotlighting five burgeoning Northwest fashion designers working in the medium of leather. Project Leather will include futuristic fashions by Portland husband and wife duo, Ms. Wood; a line of bohemian inspired rock ‘n’ roll jackets by Seattle’s Aykut Ozen; dramatically up-cycled silhouettes by Stone Crow Design; sci-fi movie motivated pieces by Pierre Davis; vintage/estate furs and washable/waterproof leather garments by Carole McClellan; and architecturally inspired looks from the hand of Ruki: by Melanie Parr. All will take leather on a wild walk down Sky Church’s runway. Taking cues from front-runners in the world of fashion, Project Leather designers are using one of the oldest clothing materials in the world to make their own mark and become the trendsetters of tomorrow.

The designers:

Aykut Ozen: Inspired by 1930s functional work wear and 1960–70s rock ‘n’ roll fashion, Ozen blends art deco forms into hand-fashioned wearable works of art. Carole McClellan: Current collections are composed of recycled vintage/estate furs and washable/waterproof leather garments engineered for everyday use as well as functional motorcycle and scooter use. Melanie Parr/Ruki: Born in Trinidad, Melanie Parr studied architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and in the Apparel Design program at the Art Institute. She draws inspiration from fine art, architecture, and nature. Ms. Wood: Alicia and Ben Wood are the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Ms. Wood, currently residing in Portland Oregon.  They won Best Emerging Designer of 2010 at Portland Fashion Week where they launched their first collection. Pierre Davis: A student fashion designer at the Art Institute of Seattle, Davis works with leather and vinyl to create wearable works inspired from sci-fi films and other futuristic movies. Stone Crow Designs: Jennifer Charkow works with organic, sustainable, vintage, and dead stock, using primarily upcycled and American-made products.