Wearable Art Directories
Wearable-Art Shows and Events
These U.S. shows and events feature handmade clothing, usually for purchase.
Our thanks to Kristine Kadlec for doing the initial compilation of this directory. We welcome additions and updates; contact Liz Good at email@example.com.
For those interested in submitting wearable art for consideration for these shows, garments, slides, or photographs may need to be submitted several months before the dates listed below. Check the event website for deadlines and submission guidelines.
BUENA PARK | Bernina Fashion Show--Celebration. California showing of traveling show. March 19. Sponsored by Friendship Squares Quilt Guild [(714) 447-3393]. Held at Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620. (714) 220-5200.
GLENDALE | Opulent Splendor: A celebration of ornamentation, pattern, and fantasy through painting, fiber art, costume, and fashion. October 22–November 23. Brand Library Art Gallery, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale, CA. www.home.earthlink.net/~parishjt/id6.html.
GLENDALE | Quilt Show of Glendale. Yearly fundraiser for the guild showcasing quilts, wearable art, and dolls. Includes fashion show and workshops. March 11–13. Glendale Quilt Guild, PO Box 5366, Glendale, CA 91221. www.glendalequiltguild.org.
HARBOR CITY | Weaving & Spinning Festival Fashion Show. November. Sponsored by the Southern California Handweavers’ Guild Inc., 1138 Oakhorne Dr., Harbor City, CA 90710. (310) 316-0910; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.schg.org/festival.
LAKE FOREST | The Hoffman Challenge. Traveling exhibits of garments and accessories created using specific Hoffman fabrics. Entry deadline: August 5. Showings will be announced on the challenge website. Kelly Gallagher-Abbott, 2005 Hoffman Challenge, 18791 Vanderlip Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705. (714) 731-2563; www.hoffmanchallenge.com.
LOS ANGELES | Los Angeles County Fair--Creative Living. September. www.lacountyfair.com. Note: Most large cities sponsor a yearly county fair including wearable-art and quilted-garment categories. State fairs will offer the same categories. Locate a phone number or website for the county or state fair near your area and request a competition handbook.
ONTARIO | Road to California. Quilt show; includes wearable art. January 13–16. Ontario Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Way. Road to California, 5436 F Arrow Hwy., Montclair, CA 91763. www.road2ca.com.
NOVATO | Marin Quilt & Needle Arts Show. September 3–5. Annual nonjuried show of quilts, needlework, and wearable art. Marin Needle Arts Guild, PO Box 1904, Novato, CA 94948. (415) 507-9146; www.mnag.org.
OAKLAND | Chain Link 2005 (annual conference of the Crochet Guild of America), The Knitting Guild Association Regional Conference, and FiberArts Market. Classes, juried exhibits, fashion shows, and vendor markets. July 20-24. www.crochet.org; www.tkga.com; www.fiberartsmarket.com.
RANCHO PALOS VERDES | Wearable Expressions Show. Biennial juried wearable art in all media including jewelry and accessories. November 19–January 15, 2006. Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. (310) 541-2479; email@example.com; www.pvartcenter.org.
REDWOOD CITY | 14th Annual Artistry in Fashion Designer Sales. Featuring the work of more than sixty-five professional designers with an afternoon fashion show. Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061. (650) 306-3370; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.artistryinfashion.com.
SANTA CLARA | Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF). Competition for quilts and garments. October 13–16. Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy. PIQF, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938. www.quiltfest.com.
SANTA CLARA | Stitches. Classes, vendor market, and fashion show. February 10–13. Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy. (408) 748-7000. Stitches, PO Box 1525, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1575. (800) 237-7099; www.knittinguniverse.com.
SANTA MONICA | Fabulous Fiber Fest. August 19–21. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St. (310) 845-9111; www.thefiberfest.com.
TORRANCE | South Bay Quilters Guild Quilt Show & Shop About. February 26–27. Torrance Cultural Art Center, 3341 Civic Center Dr. www.southbayquiltersguild.org.
TULARE | The Best of the Valley Annual Show. Juried exhibit for quilts, wearable art, and cloth dolls. April 15–17. Bobbi Moore, Chairman, 1087 N. Manor Dr., Tulare, CA 93274. (559) 686-9152; www.farmshow.org.
FORT COLLINS | ArtWear. Juried fashion show featuring nationally recognized designers. 2006. Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia, Fort Collins, CO 80521. (970) 221-6735. www.fcgov.com/lctix/artwear.php.
ST. PETERSBURG | Twist & Shout: Contemporary Perspective of Needle Arts. Exhibition will focus on nontraditional work using crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch, knitting, and/or embroidery. Exhibit will travel through 2007. January 2006. Twist & Shout, Attn: Karen Haraminac, c/o Florida Craftsmen, Inc., 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701. email@example.com.
ST. CHARLES | Uncommon Threads. Annual fashion show of wearable art, luncheon, and boutique sales. October. The Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 6N 158 Crane Rd., St. Charles, IL 60175. (630) 584-9443; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.finelineca.org.
BLOOMINGTON | Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. Annual nonjuried exhibit of quilts and wearable art. March 3–5. Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, PO Box 6751, Bloomington, IN 47407. (800) 800-0037; www.ihqs-quiltshow.org.
FORT WAYNE | Artwear. Annual juried exhibit. September. Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Art Alliance, 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. (260) 422-6467; www.fwmoa.org.
LOUISVILLE | National EGA Exhibit. Annual fiber and wearable-art juried exhibit. April. Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc., 335 W. Broadway, Ste. 100, Louisville, KY 40202. (502) 589-6956; www.egausa.org.
PADUCAH | AQS/Hobbs Bonded Fibers Fashion Show & Contest. Annual juried show. April 23. American Quilter’s Society, PO Box 3290, Paducah, KY 42002. (270) 898-7903; www.americanquilter.com.
CAMBRIDGE | Art to Wear. Annual juried exhibit. September. Cambridge Artists Cooperative, 59A Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138. (617) 868-4434; www.cambridgeartistscoop.com.
WESTFORD | Made to Wear. Biennial juried exhibit for wearable art & quilts. 2006. Eastcoast Quilters Alliance, PO Box 711, Westford, MA 01886. www.aquiltersgathering.com.
GRAND RAPIDS | Convergence: A Grand Convergence: Fiber Inspirations. June 25–July 2, 2006 Biennial gathering of Handweavers Guild of America (HGA). Juried and nonjuried exhibits and fashion shows including tapestries, weaving, wearable art, spinning, and basketry. HGA, 1255 Buford Highway, #211, Suwanee, GA 30024. (678) 730-0010; www.weavespindye.org.
NOVI | American Sewing Expo. September 30-October 2. Includes several exhibits of wearable art, including Inspired by Threads–A Fashion Challenge, an annual garment challenge inspired by past published techniques (Info: Threads Magazine, 63 S. Main St., PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470. (800) 283-7252. www.threadsmagazine.com). Novi Expo Center. www.americansewingexpo.com.
MINNEAPOLIS | Artwear in Motion. Annual runway show and boutique of wearable art by nationally known fiber artists. October 22–23. Textile Center, 3000 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. (612) 436-0464; www.textilecentermn.org.
MINNEAPOLIS | Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. November 10–12. Sheraton Bloomington Hotel Minneapolis South, 7800 Normandale Rd. (800) 699-6309; email@example.com; www.sewingexpo.com.
ALBUQUERQUE | 5th Biennial Fiber Arts Fiesta Albuquerque. May 26-28. Fiber Arts Fiesta, PO Box 16443, Albuquerque, NM 87191. www.fiberartsfiesta.com.
SANTA FE | Design with Heart Conference 2006. Biennial creativity conference for makers working in wearable or decorative fiber art. March 2006. Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, 124-1/2 Gallisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501. (866)-982-1737; www.santafeweavinggallery.com.
NEW YORK CITY | Styles International Design Competition. Gen Art’s annual international design competition is open to all emerging fashion talent, including students, who have been designing under their own name for seven years or less. May. Gen Art Styles 2005, 133 W. 25th St., 6th Floor East, New York, NY 10001. (212) 255-7300; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.genart.org.
ATHENS | Bead International 2006. Biennial show of beadwork. Dairy Barn, PO Box 747, Athens, OH 45701. www.dairybarn.org.
COLUMBUS | Quilt Surface Design Symposium. June 11–July 24. Quilt Surface Design Intl. Ltd., 464 Vermont Pl., Columbus, OH 43201. (614) 297-1585; email@example.com; www.qsds.com.
COLUMBUS | 36th Annual National Quilting Association Quilt Show. Annual, nonjuried show. June 16–18. Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. National Quilting Association, Inc., PO Box 12190, Columbus, OH 43212-0190. (614) 488-8520; www.nqaquilts.org.
FORT WASHINGTON | Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. Annual juried quilt and wearable-art exhibit. September 15–18. Mancuso Show Management, PO Box 667, New Hope, PA 18938. www.quiltfest.com.
KING OF PRUSSIA | The Knitting Guild Association National Convention, Crochet Guild of America Regional Conference, and FiberArts Market. March 31–April 3. Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 1st Ave. www.tkga.com; www.crochet.org; www.fiberartsmarket.com.
PIGEON FORGE | A Mountain Quiltfest. Annual nonjuried show of quilts and wearable art. March 9–13. City of Pigeon Forge, Attn: Alice Watson, Office of Special Events, PO Box 1390, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868. (865) 429-7350; www.mypigeonforge.com.
DENTON | Materials Hard & Soft. Annual national juried exhibit for fiber and other contemporary craft materials. Greater Denton Arts Council, 207 S. Bell, Denton, TX 76201. (940) 382-2787; www.dentonarts.com.
FORT WORTH | Main Street Arts Festival. April 7–10. Nine blocks on Main St. from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center. Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., 777 Taylor St., Ste. 100, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. (817) 336-ARTS (2787); www.msfwaf.org.
HOUSTON | Bernina Fashion Show 2005 Fashion show that debuts at the Houston International Quilt Festival. To apply, contact Ruth Moya, Bernina Fashion Show Coordinator, Quilts, Inc., 7660 Woodway, Suite 550, Houston, TX 77063. (713) 781-6864, ext. 112; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.quilts.com; www.berninausa.com.
HOUSTON | International Quilt Festival. Show includes the Bernina Fashion Show (formerly Fairfield Fashion Show). October 27–30. Bernina Fashion Show, c/o Quilts Inc., 7660 Woodway, Ste. 550, Houston, TX 77063. Contact Ruth Moya, Bernina Fashion Show Coordinator, Quilts, Inc., (713) 781-6864, ext. 112; email@example.com; www.quilts.com.
VICTORIA | The Fabric of Our Cultures. September. Cultural Council of Victoria, PO Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902. (512) 572-2787; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ccvtx.org/fabricexhibitentry.html.
SALT LAKE CITY | Costume Con 2005. Yearly competition for historical, science fiction, fantasy, and fashion garments. April 29–May 2. Costume-Connections, PO Box 2357, Bowie, MD 20718-2357. www.costume-con.org.
SEATTLE | Pacific Northwest Quiltfest. Biennial juried exhibit for quilts and fashion accessories. 2006. Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters, PO Box 70300, Seattle, WA 98127. (206) 297-2490; www.apnq.org.
TACOMA | Annual Juried Wearable Art Sale. March 10–13. YWCA Rags Guild, 405 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402. (253) 445-6117; www.ywcapiercecounty.org.
MILWAUKEE | Colored Threads/Art to Wear XIV. Annual juried exhibition. Through January 14. Katie Gingrass Gallery, Contemporary Art and Fine Craft, 241 N. Broadway. (414) 289-0855; email@example.com; www.gingrassgallery.com.
WHITEWATER | Annual Fiber & Textile Exhibit. Whitewater Spinners and Weavers Guild, N7684 E. Lakeshore Dr., Whitewater, WI 53190.