“Sustenance” by Amanda Brown, Skirt Design Competition 2018 Winner, Photo by April MacDonald Killins
Cabaret Theatre, Alberta Avenue Community League (9210 118 Avenue)
2018 Skirt Design Competition Theme: A Skirt From Abroad
March 8-11 during festival events as well as March 10 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Six designers compete to create the official skirt of SkirtsAfire 2018! Skirts are judged on creativity and use of materials. Skirts must be constructed only of found materials, and must be wearable. Take a closer look at these stunning designs in our Skirt Gallery and learn more about each designer’s inspiration and concept!
Our celebrity judges are Lorna Mutegyeki from MsiChana Inc., Kimberly Ouellette from Alberta Mamas, our 2018 Honorary Skirt Muriel Stanley Venne, and Liane Faulder from the Edmonton Journal.
Re-Tyred Flora – Melissa Squire’s concept will be executed using materials such as bike tires, chandelier chains, and a large world map. The bustle skirt is decorated with flowers and scrap fabric, and includes a dramatic train made up of found objects.
J’aimerais que tu sois ici (Wish you were here) – Lorraine Dezman’s design comes from the fond memories of the travelling she did as a young girl. Travelling also always involved finding the perfect postcard to send to folks back home, which make up the design of her skirt.
Travelling Tile – Caroline Amaral’s design concept is based on an adaptation of an elegant, traditional Portuguese azulejo tile. She believes the Portuguese have traveled all over the world, borrowing and adapting their distinct style.
Sustenance – Amanda Brown based her design on the chima skirt of a traditional Korean hanbok. Amanda’s inspiration comes from her passion for Korean cuisine, and the piece invokes the comforting feeling of a Korean family meal balanced with the structure and formality of tradition.
Her Dimensional Layers – Kim Neeser’s skirt design is intended to create depth and interest of international women. Her skirt represents the complexity, and beautiful layers of women everywhere.
Skirting Moscow – Karin Lauderdale was inspired by the Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Russia. Through her skirt, she wants to convey the beauty and majesty of old world Russia.