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Electric City Couture Launches 2015 Season

with 'Queen of Serpents' Exhibition


Myth Interfaces Routine : Fashion Designer Vilma Mare Explores Contemporary Meanings
Through a Lens of Baltic Mythology

OPENING DAY: Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM
The Foundry for Art Design + Culture | 119 Remsen Street | Cohoes, New York 12047

ARTIST TALK & PANEL DISCUSSION: 1:00 - 3:00 PM | Sunday, November 23, 2014

The 2015 Season will kick off early with the opening of a fashion installation in Cohoes, New York at The Foundry for Art Design + Culture on November 1, 2014 by ECC Designer Vilma Mare. Mare will be exploring contemporary culture through an installation involving a symbolic ceremony that recreates a time of connection and cleansing. Egle, the 'Queen of Serpents' is a feminine image with hereditary connection to indigenous rites, worship of ancestral land and family values, and harmonious dialogue between Humankind and Nature. This story depicts an ancient ritual understood from a female perspective whereby Egle takes a central role as she becomes a mediator between "sacral" and "secular" spheres.

The exhibition will be comprised of artisnal clothing styles including coats, skirts and other vestments. Besides the usual body protection and adornment aspects of the apparel, Vilma also maintains it’s spiritual content - protection against harm and the attraction of fertility and happiness. Additionally, (5) large oversized, hand sewn and quilted tapestries based on characters from the mythical story, and (9) large traditional ritual flags will be on display. For more information on this exhibition please CLICK HERE.

There will be closing reception will provide an artist talk and panel discussion with nationally acclaimed author and public speaker James Howard Kunstler, fashion designers Vilma Mare (Founder/Designer at Baltic Style) and Kathleen Tesnakis (Founder/Designer at `e ko logic) in a panel discussion about the psychological impediments to rebuilding local economies and the obstacles faced by the artisan community as they strive to overcome the day to day challenges of competing in a global economy. This will be on November 23, 2014 at The Foundry for Art Design + Culture.

The 'Queen of Serpents' will coincide with the 2015 Electric City Couture (ECC) Season kick off. ECC is proud to welcome back Vilma Mare as a featured designer at this years Spring show that will be held for the second consecutive year in Saratoga, New York at Universal Preservation Hall during a series of events on the weekend of April 24 - 26, 2015. Similar to last years format, Friday night (24th) will be a VIP Preview Cocktail Event of the planned pop up store. Saturday night (25th) will be the Main Runway Show and post show 'buy it off the runway event.' This year feature Special Guest, Schenectady, NY based designer MA+CH (formerly Marika Charles) in addition to a selection of past regional designers including Troy, NY based `e ko logic, Saratoga, NY based Khymanyo Studio and Valley Plains, NY based Jane Wilson Marquis in addition to a yet to be announced designer. Sunday (26th) will be a continuation of the pop up store for the general public.

"The 2015 season will see new developments in the way we represent and promote designers and elements of the regional fashion economy. By elevating fashion to the level of artform, we underscore its relevance as a wearable design aesthetic that enriches and also its place as a powerful tool that can encourage social dialogue." Corey Aldrich : Founder and Producer at Electric City Couture

Vilma was last featured in the 2013 Season in two ECC shows including the Spring Show at Proctors in Schenectady, NY and the Vanguard Mansion Show in Loudonville, NY as part of a benefit for the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

The exhibition will be comprised of artisnal clothing styles including coats, skirts and other vestments. Besides the usual body protection and adornment aspects of the apparel, Vilma also maintains it's spiritual content - protection against harm and the attraction of fertility and happiness. Additionally, (5) large oversized, hand sewn and quilted tapestries based on characters from the mythical story, and (9) large traditional ritual flags will be on display.

Exploring this non-heroic Baltic myth, the artist is promoting the preservation of indigenous identity and respect for its idiosyncrasies through a wearable design aesthetic. Vilma's Baltic Style dresses a woman in natural healthy fabrics and comforting clothing while portraying her within serene, thoughtful semantics that are able to communicate the universal values of respect to Earth's and Woman's fertility, and a devotion to one's family and health.

"I create for customers with wishful thoughts towards them. I hardly ever fail to satisfy their sartorial needs. Observing the ancient wisdom of the Baltic Druids protects me from vanity, harmful ego and a fruitless existence." - Vilma Mare : Fashion Designer | Artist

'Queen of Serpents' is the latest in an ongoing series of exhibitions, but as Alana Sparrow, Principal Founding Artist at The Foundry, notes, "This exhibition is unique in that it is the first time that the visiting artist is from the fashion industry and not the fine arts. By having the artist come from a different creative sector, our series has been strengthened by the multiplicity of viewpoints brought to the curatorial process."

A closing reception will provide an artist talk and panel discussion with nationally acclaimed author and public speaker James Howard Kunstler, fashion designers Vilma Mare (Founder of Baltic Style) and Kathleen Tesnakis (Founder at `e ko logic) in a panel discussion about the psychological impediments to rebuilding local economies and the obstacles faced by the artisan community as they strive to overcome the day to day challenges of competing in a global economy.

Additionally, a pop up store will feature garments for purchase.

Gallery Hours : Saturday & Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 PM | Admission : Free
For more information check out the website at : www.thefoundrysite.com

Additional event production support for the 'Queen of Serpents' exhibition provided by 2440 Design Studio and Electric City Couture. This event is sponsored in part by Saratoga Pool and Tub of Saratoga Springs, New York.

2015 Season partners include Universal Preservation Hall and Proctors.

2014 'Shrine of Fashion' Shoot

 

The 2014 promo shoot took a new direction, an eclectic combination of this years designers, shot in our amazing location, Universal Preservation Hall. It was an all star cast!

Photo Credit: James Pickett

PROJECT MANAGER: Corey Aldrich
ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER: Alyssa Hardy

PHOTOGRAPHER: James H. Pickett
PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSISTANT: Eddie Harris

PROJECT ASSISTANT: Amanda Daley

MODEL COORDINATION: Alyssa Hardy

CLOTHING DESIGNERS:
Kim Vanyo of Khymanyo Studios | `e ko logic | Jane Wilson Marquis
Behida Milinery | Kristina Collins Clothing | Gamakache Black

JEWELRY DESIGNER FOR JANE WILSON MARQUIS: Oblik Atelier

HAIR AND MAKE UP LEAD: Claire Harris

HAIR: Claire Harris and Julie Potter
MUA: Doria Tremante

MODELS:

Kelsea Adams | Kim Vanyo of Khymanyo Studios
Andre Robles and Kelly Van Nostrand | `e ko logic
Jenna Rochelle and Karla Reilly | Jane Wilson Marquis
Shelby Pinckney | Behida Millinery
Brittany Drahos | Kristina Collins Clothing
Arianna Coffin | Gamakache Black

VENUE: Universal Preservation Hall
VENUE CONTACTS: Dorothy Foster | Mary Beth McGarrahan

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2014 SARATOGA EDITION!

Last years show was such an amazing success! 2014 saw the establishment of a new program for our participating designers, the 'POP UP! Shop.' This provided 3 seperate days of opportunity for the designers to sell directly to the public. Especially popular was the availability of the shop immediately after the runway show. The 'buy it off the runway' component was very popular and the shop was mobbed!

An additional and new feature of 2014 was the pairing up with Historic Universal Preservation Hall in a joint fundraising event. Historic preservation is an important part of reviving our downtown areas and as such it is near and dear to our mission to support local and regional based initiatives. We are excited to announce that we were able to raise a NET $20,000 for the restoration and operation of this amazing space!

For images from the event please check out the links below.

The Schenectady Gazette | Studio di Luce | Style Abby | Saratoga Wire

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ONGOING AND UPCOMING

Please keep in touch with us online to keep up to date on Electric City Couture Sanctioned and Sponsored events. Thanks again for supporting Upstate and Regional fashion! We look forward to seeing you again on the runway in the near future!

Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more partnership announcements, the years model call and our list of 2015 Designer Partners. 2015 is going to be our biggest year yet!

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Peace and Love,
The ECC Team!

Photo Credit: Doug Mitchell | Designer Credit: Kristina Collins Clothing Photo Credit: Cindy Schultz | Designer Credit: e ko logic Photo Credit: Marc Roseburg | Designer Credit: Kim Vanyo's Kimism Skirt Line Photo Credit: Doug Liebig for OEProPhoto | Designer Credit: Kim Vanyo for Khymanyo Photo Credit: Marc Roseburg | Designer Credit: Kim Vanyo's Kimism Skirt Line Photo Credit: Doug Liebig for OEProPhoto | Designer Credit: Kim Vanyo for Khymanyo