Design Submissions now begin accepted. All submissions due by Friday, December 6
WHAT'S IT LIKE PARTICIPATING IN KMAC COUTURE?
Watch this video to hear some of last year's Couture artists discuss their experience.
Cinematography and Editorial: Bailey Boyd
SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020
Pre-Show Cocktail Hour, 7:00p. KMAC Couture Runway Show, 8:30p.
After Party immediately follows.
Location to be announced in January, 2020.
IN THE COSMOS: REVEALING YOUR SECRET SELF
We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. —Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan understood that the way to grapple with existential human issues, and our physical place in the universe, is to look at the bigger picture and our small presence in it. We are part of a larger, more dynamic ecosystem that reaches beyond the deep blue sky and exists far beyond the stars we see in the night sky. "The cosmos, the case space beyond our earth's atmosphere, is a place to be considered with awe—something separate from our physical world, but very much a part of each of us. To magnify humankind's relationship to the cosmos, and to bring the galaxy closer to home, Sagan stated that "we are made up of stardust." He adds being curious in the galaxy gives us life, and that pursuing knowledge, in turn, gives life meaning.
A successful sculptural piece worn on the KMAC Couture runway adopts the same premise. Artists with the courage to expose some larger secret
of themselves, create a piece that is lovingly articulated and presented in our "KMAC cosmos"—an exploration of something incredible waiting to be known. A KMAC Couture artwork does not necessarily have to be made out of "star stuff", but the works must make a statement that encourages both the Artist and the Viewer to explore and push the boundaries of their secret selves.
In 2020, KMAC hosts its eighth edition of KMAC Couture. The number eight has many references in literature and science as a balanced, symmetrical number that connotes regeneration, while 2020 has its own symmetry and beauty in Arabic notation. As we enter the 3rd decade of this rapidly changing century, we invite you to explore these themes and share your own "star stuff" with us on the KMAC Couture runway, and join in our annual endeavor to spread knowledge, compassion and artistic brilliance out into the cosmos.
KMAC COUTURE DESIGN SUBMISSIONS WILL BEGIN TO BE ACCEPTED ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2019.
Artist must submit all designs through the KMAC Museum website at KMACmuseum.org/KMAC-couture-submissions by midnight on Friday, December 6, 2019.
—Artist Bio: A brief bio that tells us about you and your background and/or career in art/design
—Sketch/Drawing of the design
—Description of technique to be used to achieve desired look
—List of materials to be used
—At least 1 paragraph relating the design to the curatorial statement
—Photos of previous work(s). Provide 4 quality photos (front, back, side views and a detail shot showing a close-up on technique of previous work(s). These images are used to verify you possess basic garment construction and artist experience.
Lack of these items could hinder design acceptance
ARTIST SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE
Submission does not guarantee selection.
Past participation in KMAC Couture does not guarantee selection for this year's event.
Artists may submit up to four designs. All artists must be 14 years of age or older. High School Students may submit multiple designs, but only one will be accepted. Each design can be created by multiple artists, please be sure to list additional names in space provided in submission.
Submissions may be made by "teams" of artists (more than one artist). No team may exceed three artists. Teams must pick a primary artist that will handle the submission. Communication on the acceptance status of the garment will be directed toward the primary artist. If selected for KMAC Couture, communication from KMAC Museum will be expanded to include the full team of Artists.
Artists selected for this year's event who reside more than 100 miles outside of Louisville are not required to attend any of the events leading up to KMAC Couture. The KMAC Museum staff will keep the artists informed of all pertinent information.
Any accepted designer under the age of 18 will need to have signed parental permission in order to participate in the KMAC Couture process.
Artists selected for this year's event will be eligible to apply for an Artist Stipend to be awarded solely based on cost of material(s), and the discretion of the KMAC Couture Committee and/or KMAC Museum.
Accepted entries will either be presented in runway format or fashion presentation/exhibit format.
All designs should be for an adult garment to be modeled by ages 14+.
Each design will need to withstand being taken on and off multiple times and move through standard doorways. There will be a height restriction for each garment as well. The height restriction will be announced in January, 2020.
KMAC accepts no responsibility for lost or damaged wearable art.
Artists are encouraged to recruit their own runway model(s) but it is preferred that the model have experience walking in a runway show. All models must be 14 years of age or older in order to participate in any aspect of the evening. All participating models under the age of 18 will need to have signed parental permission in order to participate in KMAC Couture.
The KMAC Couture team will provide models to artists that express need. Models will be selected by the KMAC Couture team by early February. KMAC will put the Artist in contact with the Model once one has been selected.
Artists are also responsible for developing all details of the finished look including hair, make-up and accessories. Stylists will be on hand during the event itself to assist with hair and make-up.
All accepted High School Student Artists and first time KMAC Couture Artists will be automatically admitted into the KMAC Couture Mentor Program. Each of these Artists will be paired with a Mentor (a fellow Artist or Arts Advocate) that will help guide the Artist through the construction process and offer advice or guidance in order to achieve completion of the garment. The KMAC Couture Mentor Program is a series of three personal check-ins (by phone, in-person or Skype) where the Artist and the Mentor discuss the challenges and successes of the garment construction.
Artists will be asked by KMAC Museum to provide work-in-progress photos at various times during the construction process to show the progress of the garment. Failure to provide these photos could result in the garment being removed from KMAC Couture.
At any time during the design process the Selection Committee reserves the right to remove a design from the runway show with valid reasoning, and at the discretion of the KMAC Couture Committee and/or KMAC Museum.
Submissions Open Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Submissions Close Friday, December 6, 2019 (midnight)
If design is selected for KMAC Couture 2020:
KMAC Couture 2020 Selected Artist Info Session
Wednesday, January 15, 5:30p- 7:30p
KMAC Museum, 715 W Main St, Louisville
KMAC Couture 2020 Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, April 9 (time and location TBA)
KMAC Couture 2020 Show Day
Saturday April 11, 12p-10p at KMAC Museum
715 W Main St, Louisville
KMAC COUTURE Information Session
Thursday, September 19, 5:30p-6:30p or
Wednesday, September 25, 5:30p-6:30p
715 W Main St, Louisville
KMAC COUTURE Critique Session
Wednesday, November 6, 5:30p-6:30p or
Thursday, November 14, 5:30p-6:30p
715 W Main St, Louisville
KMAC COUTURE Launch Party
Thursday, January 23, 6:00p-8:00p
715 W Main Street, Louisville
ARTIST & MODEL Bri Bowers
MAKEUP Autumn Sharp
HAIR Ali Longmire
PHOTOGRAPHY Just Toby
IMAGE CREDITS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
ARTIST Fiyin Lasisi
MODEL Dominique Joy Thompson
MAKEUP Dominique Joy Thompson
PHOTOGRAPHY Clay Cook