Be Here Now: Discard Avant Garb @ Grand Street Community Arts, 9/10/11

Val P. Funk models one of her designs in 2008's Discard Avant Garb
Val P. Funk models one of her designs in 2008's Discard Avant Garb (photo by Eileen Clynes)

The Discard Avant Garb took a year off last year, which only makes us more excited about their long-awaited return to the runway again on Saturday.

Why? Because it’s the art party of the year, that’s why.

Discard Avant Garb presents its 11th recycled fashion show at 6pm on Saturday (September 10) at Grand Street Community Arts in Albany.

So what is it? Well, DAG invites artists to create costumes using recycled and/or non-traditional materials. The pieces are then presented in a fashion show format. In recent years, artist/designers have handcrafted entire head-to-toe ensembles from bottlecaps. Or weeds. Or umbrellas. Or stray socks. Or coffee filters.

As David Johansen says, it’s “funky but chic.”

Co-founders of DAG Roxanne Storms, Helen Martin, Val P. Funk and Molly Suwara keep things fresh and exciting, bringing in new artists each year to strut their stuff, alongside returning favorites. This year, more than 30 artist/designers will showcase their unique, one-of-a-kind wearable artworks. Three of them – Amy Orr, Katie Prey and Mischel Nivens – are being featured with spotlight slots in the show.

All proceeds go to charity. This year’s recipients will be the Albany Center Gallery, the Chris Ryan Art Scholarship Fund at Albany High School and Grand Street Community Arts.

The show has quite a moveable history, originating at the now-defunct rock club QE2, and going mainstream with shows at the Capital Repertory Theatre. This will be DAG’s second year at Grand Street Community Arts.

As always, this year’s festivities will be emceed by the delightful and ever-acerbic Mary Panza. In addition to the runway fashion show, the event will also feature installation art by Chris Harvey and Dennis Herbert, as well as a silent auction, music by DJ Ofi and a cash bar throughout the night.

As Don Cornelius used to say, “It’s gonna be a stone cold gas.”

Discard Avant Garb’s recycled fashion show takes place at Grand Street Community Arts in Albany on Saturday (September 10). Doors open at 6pm; recycled fashion show begins at 7pm. Tix are $20; VIP seating $25. Available in advance at Albany Center Gallery and McGeary’s Pub, both in Albany.

Review and photographs of 2009’s Discard Avant Garb show
Additional photographs from the 2009 show

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