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PRESCIENT PRESENTATION: OK Contemporary’s Future Fashion exhibits tomorrow’s clothes today

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OKLAHOMA CITY— The current exhibit at Oklahoma Contemporary, entitled Coded Couture, examines the intersection of fashion and technology, integrating the digital age into futuristic wearables, giving exhibit goers a chance to see what the future of fashion might look like in Oklahoma and beyond.

“One of the interesting things about conceptions of the future is when you go back to them,” Jeremiah Davis, Oklahoma Contemporary Artistic Director said. “Any period where humanity’s focus was on predicting what might come to pass, you can get a decade’s own perception of what the future might hold. In the 1960s, it was flying cars and saucers, inspired by space travel and the jet age. What we’re doing here is breaking the mold by doing more than just exploring spacesuits or metallic surfaces; we’re imaging different opportunities and different manifestations of human creativity and how that might work itself into everyday clothing.”

The exhibit is being highlighted and celebrated by a special event at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 5th at Oklahoma Contemporary, 3000 General Pershing Blvd. Called Future Fashion, the show is devised as an “exploration of what’s to come in the future of fashion” and will feature outfits designed by Kiss of the Wolf’s founder and lead designer Lori Bacigalupi, whose work has been in the Smithsonian and at New York Fashion Week.

"Bacigalupi, along with a team of artists, is putting together a fully comprehensive and immersive experience with scenic design, lighting, music and, of course, the clothing, along with choreography that integrates everything and ties the experience together,” Davis said. “Before the show, we’ve got a lounge with cocktails that are going to smoke futuristic-style, some interesting lighting fixtures, some comfortable seating and, of course, the exhibition will stay open late on Saturday so anyone who comes to the event can experience Coded Couture as well.”

Davis believes this one of a kind work shows how much of a “vibrant contemporary culture is flourishing” in Oklahoma as artists and other creative people in the Metro are “putting their heads together to create a unique experience that is specific to us and what is interesting about living in Oklahoma in 2017.”

The Coded Couture event itself runs until August 14th and features the work of ten international artist-designers whose inventive techniques are rooted in new technology. These practitioners each use coding as a key element, as part of the manufacturing process or as an interactive element while the garment is worn. They’ve pioneer ways to communicate and connect with the wearer, gathering information that transforms the aesthetics of the work in substantial ways.

“Oklahoma Contemporary is really a home for all creativity and all the arts under one roof. We provide an experience for people of all kinds,” Davis added. “For those people that are interested and excited about the different disciplines that might intersect: fashion, contemporary art, visual arts, culture, music…I think those people are going to find something they can latch on to at this event. I think for people who are interested in discovery and finding something that’s new and something that’s next, Oklahoma Contemporary is the place to be.”

The Future Fashion show is a 21 and over event and tickets are currently available here. 

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