701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, presents “Leigh Magar: Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete” on Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7-10pm. With live music by Charleston, SC, composer and artist Nick Jenkins
7pm – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
8pm – Fashion Performance
8:30pm – Music and Video Projections by Nick Jenkins
Reception Admission: Members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation.
701 CCA, 701 Whaley St., second floor, Columbia, SC 29201
Celebrate the finale of Madame Magar’s Workshop with a fashion performance and party at 701 Center for Contemporary Art! Witness the culmination of Madame Magar’s creative workshop installation featuring the Mill Collection of work garments including, frocks, aprons and hats – inspired by Lewis Hine’s photographs of children textile mill workers. This unique “fashion show” features members of the Power Company Collaborative as models and original music compositions using found sounds, along with other surprise elements, performed by Charleston, SC-based composer and artist Nick Jenkins.
Jenkins’ musical composition of train sounds, tap dance and sewing machines come together in a great celebration of both the Mill Collection and Madame Magar. A live performance with keyboards and digital soundscapes will be performed with a video collage backdrop of trains and dance, capturing the essence of trance.
Magar, who studied millinery at the Fashion Institute in New York City, opened Magar Hatworks in Charleston in 1996. Her stylish hats, ranging from fedoras to elaborate cocktail wear, have been sold by high-end stores such as Barney’s in New York City and Isetan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Her celebrity clients include Elvis Costello, Eartha Kitt, Gregory Hines and Christina Aguilera. In 2010, she established Madame Magar, bringing her interest in fashion design full circle with a dress and accessories line.
The fashion house of Magar Hatworks and Madame Magar have come together as a workshop installation inside the gallery at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with tools of the trade that include sewing machines, patterns, cutting table, dress forms, mannequins, a showroom and a runway. Central to the installation has been the opportunity to witness the creative process as Magar moved from concept to paper pattern to finished wearables and three-dimensional objects all culminating in her fashion performance, April 24. A collection of more than 400 museum quality antique and vintage hat forms has been featured prominently in the installation.
701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed., 11am-8pm; Thur.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; & Sun., 1-5pm.
Please submit further inquiries by calling Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949, e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit (www.701cca.org).