“Participating in Uncommon Thread was such a great thing for me personally. The street credit I got from my dress brought me so much business. I own a fashion line now for Pete's sake!.” So said Emily Riche, the People’s Choice Winner of the 2011 Uncommon Thread wearable art show in an interview that appeared in Country Roads at that time. Now Uncommon Thread is back. Exploring the conveniently adoptable French phrase Carte Blanche as a theme this year, CultureCandy’s explosively successful wearable art show will present its amalgam of art, fashion, music and dance at the LSU Museum of Art on October 19. A fixture since 2007, the Uncommon Thread Wearable Art Show is a national competition that seeks to attract the best in wearable art by fostering a respectful and accessible environment accompanied with inventive musical collaborations, lighting, set, and costume design, and modern dance. With the theme Carte Blanche, Uncommon Thread invites participating artists to place the emphasis on blanche, challending them to create a full-garment wearable piece of art that is primarily white—minimal accent colors are allowed—that demonstrates the sculptural, narrative, and/or technical possibilities of wearable art. The goal: to create a piece that figuratively or physically transforms wearer and viewer alike. Promising high fashion and high drama, Uncommon Thread always attracts art wear from all over the country.
This year's juror, Anthony Ryan Auld, will award $1000 to the wearable artist with the best design. 8 pm at 100 Lafayette Street. $15 for the show only in advance, $20 on the night, $30 for the show including an afterparty at the Glassell Gallery. culturecandy.org for all the details.