News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Lehmans


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Arts and Entertainment


A fashion trip through time
CMA's "Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes" closing with "Project Tunic" fashion show
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
Four-Cornered Hat. 7th-9th century. Peru, Wari culture. Camelid hair, cotton; overall: 22 1/2 x 7 in. (57.15 x 17.78 cm) Other: 22 1/2 in. (57.15 cm). Gift of George D. Pratt, 1933 (33.149.101).
Courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Art
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
The Cleveland Museum of Art is hosting a fashion show tonight (Friday), with apparel inspired by an ancient Peruvian empire. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on “Project Tunic,” tied to a museum exhibit that closes this weekend.
A fashion trip through time

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:11)


The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Bethany Corriveau marvels at the pieces in “Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes.” The 1500-year-old aristocratic garments are shaped like large, square curtains, stretching 4 feet but not being that heavy because they’re made of cotton.

“There’s two panels and they’re sewn together down the center with a slit in the middle which you’d put your head through. It’s broken down into these very geometric shapes. You see a lot of rectangles. Straight lines. And there’s a lot of bright colors. This one, particularly, you can see this brilliant red set off by these terracotta earthtones. Browns and tans.”

Modern antiquities
To Corriveau, the tunics look modern enough to be upstairs in the contemporary galleries. That’s part of the reason for “Project Tunic,” which highlights 17 local fashionistas and their designs, inspired by the Wari exhibit.

“I think you see a lot of this kind of thing coming up in fashion. I think what a lot of the designers did was they came in and picked out an aspect of some of the works of art that they were attracted to. Many of the artists also were really interested in the colors. In particular this deep red you see on a lot of the different tunics.”

Emerging history
The Pre-Incan Wari Empire was once thought to have been part of the neighboring Tiwanakus, who lived nearby in Peru. They’ve been established as two separate tribes only recently, and this is the first exhibit of its kind in North America. The 150 pieces come from collections all over the world. Some were discovered in ancient tombs, and they predate the more well-known Inca by about 1000 years. 

“The tunics are such a big part of this exhibition and of the Wari culture, they’re really beautiful artifacts so we really wanted to figure out a way to help people appreciate them.”

Happy Hour
The “Project Runway”-style event is part of a series of mixers the museum hosts the first Friday of each month. Along with a happy hour and the judged fashion show, there will be “Turbo Talks”: tours of other exhibits with two-minute lectures.

If you don’t catch the new designs tonight between 5-9 p.m., three finalists will have their work displayed in the museum atrium later this month. But the Wari exhibit only runs through this Sunday.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

An amendment to an Ohio agriculture bill may kill whole bill
I hope the Gov. sticks to his veto, Att takes more out of this state than it puts in.

From warehouse to writer: Terry Pluto's Thanksgiving thank you
Dear Terry: On my 8th cup of coffee trying to get Thanksgiving "Brunch" done ahead of time because I work nights. However, I just had to stop to contact yo...

The first big private gift comes in for the pro football HOF project
The HOF has needed a shot in the arm for many years and this project will go a long way to getting the attraction the attention it deserves (next: upgrad...

Environmental study nears completion in East Liverpool
Twenty years ago my twin sister and I protested the building and operation of the WTI facility citing several studies that indicated the risk of cancer due to ...

HOF's Canton expansion could take an island and make it a village
I live in the block from Broad St to the Hall of Fame and will be impacted by the expansion. I am in the process of selling my home and planned to long before i...

Cleveland redeploys police to replace rejected red-light traffic cameras
Periodic rotational enforcement without warning does NOT change behavior and the city officials know that. This is the basis of all officer-run enforcement trap...

New enrollment period offers more insurance options
The removal of federal funding for healthcare CO-OPs may limit the growth of the CO-OP movement. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=6381

The family of Boardman vet killed in Vietnam receives his medals
My name is Mike Eisenbraun. I am Larry's brother. I was 14 years old when Larry was killed in Vietnam. He has been gone for 46 years but it seems like yester...

Cleveland seniors are creating new wealth -- and facing new challenges
Why is anyone surprised that we people over 65 are not retiring? If you have been paying attention, defined company funded pensions were phasing out in the eigh...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University