100 Masters hit the runway at the WAG New fashions meet Old Masters for The Collection: A Fashion Show

WINNIPEG, May 4, 2013:  Inspired by the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s exhibition 100 Masters: Only in Canada, the Gallery Shop is transforming the WAG’s exhibition spaces into a fashion runway with The Collection: A Fashion Show on Wednesday, May 22. The evening includes a champagne reception and the chance to do some serious shopping. Admission is $40 for WAG members and $50 for non-members. Tickets are available in the Gallery Shop, by calling 204.789.1769, or at wag.ca.

Taking inspiration from the largest exhibition in the WAG’s 100-year history featuring work by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol – models will walk the galleries, showing off the latest spring looks from Winnipeg’s finest shops. Danali, Candie & Dolls, Moulé, and Town Shoes return after last year’s inaugural event and are joined by the Hudson’s Bay Company. The clothes will be paired with extraordinary jewelry by Canadian artists available for purchase in the Gallery Shop. A number of the jewellers will be on hand at the event, offering the audience a unique opportunity to interact with designers.

“Our first fashion show last spring was wildly successful,” says Sherri Van Went, Manager of the Gallery Shop, who organized the show. “We raised $8,000 for the WAG with over 300 attending. All through the evening, people were coming up, congratulating us and saying how they felt like they were in Paris or New York.”

“This is the only fashion show I’m going to do this year, after enjoying last year’s event so much,” says Dolly Woo, owner of Candie & Dolls. “The music, the clothing, the selection of designers — and the cocktails. I’m always captured by clothes where feminine meets masculine, structured fabric with chiffon detailing, for example, so expect to see a lot of that at the show.”

“Fashion and art have always had a dynamic relationship,” says Van Went. “Dress at its best is art-at-play and patrons can certainly expect a fantastic collision of the two on this year’s runway.”

The Collection: A Fashion Show is sponsored by VQ Salon, Swish Model Management, Polo Park, PrairieView School of Photography, MAC, Moulé, Candie & Dolls, Hudson’s Bay, Town Shoes, Danali, and CBC. BMO is the presenting sponsor for 100 Masters: Only in Canada.

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For information, please contact:communications-manager@wag.ca, 204.789.1767
Debra Fehr, Manager, Communications and Marketing,

Heather Mousseau, Communications Coordinator, communications-coordinator@wag.ca, 204.786.6641, ext 211




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