Posted on December 13, 2021
Two teams of Kent State University fashion students were awarded for their designs in the 2021 Museum of Contemporary Art Visual Design Competition hosted by moCa Cleveland. Students were invited to submit proposals that were inspired by Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. and explored ideas of gender expression, DIY culture, and made used of thrifted and recycled materials.
The work displayed at moCa Cleveland, Chiaroscuro, is a black wedding dress that pulls inspiration directly from artworks in the exhibition.
The moCa team chose the wedding dress based off of inspiration from Mundo’s piece Merman with Mandolin. Aspects such as the mermaid shape and scales were taken into account when formulating their piece. Accompanied by the black dress was a half-cropped zoot suit and a 1940’s pocket watch. The mannequin itself was covered with black fishnet with a bold black mustache resting on the facial features.
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Image credit: Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., installation view, moCa Cleveland, Cleveland, 2021. Courtesy of moCa and ICI. Photo: Field Studio.