1/22/2015

Fashion designer Vilma Maré exhibit in Hudson

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by The Berkshire edge

Hudson, N.Y. – McDaris Fine Art in collaboration with 2440 Design Studio presents an innovative exhibition by Lithuanian born, regionally based fashion designer Vilma Maré of Baltic Style, with an opening reception this Saturday, January 3, 2015, 6 to 9 p.m. at McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street. Maré explores contemporary culture through an installation involving a symbolic ceremony of connection and cleansing. The exhibition continues during gallery hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday, through February 2015. Admission is free. A pop-up store will feature Mare’s clothing designs for sale.
Egle“Queen of Serpents”’ is a feminine image from Baltic myth with hereditary connection to indigenous rites, worship of ancestral land and family values, and harmonious dialogue between humankind and nature. The purpose of the ceremony and the installation is to restore the values of a sacred world. This story depicts an ancient ritual understood from a female perspective whereby Egle takes a central role as a mediator between sacral and secular spheres.

Exploring this non-heroic Baltic myth, the artist promotes the preservation of indigenous identity and respect for its idiosyncrasies through a wearable design aesthetic. Maré’s Baltic Style dresses a woman in comforting ensembles of healthy natural fabrics that portray her within serene, thoughtful semantics communicating universal values of respect for the Earth and female fertility, and a devotion to family and health.
This exhibition of artisanal clothing styles includes coats, skirts and other vestments. Besides the usual body protection and adornment of apparel, Maré also maintains its spiritual content, as protection against harm and attractor of fertility and happiness.
Additionally, Maré will exhibit 5 oversized, sartorial tapestries based on characters from the mythical story and 9 large original flags depicting a traditional celebration scene.
“Vilma Maré brings a heightened sense of connection and meaning to the clothing she designs,” said Corey Aldrich, founder ofElectric City Couture, runway fashion shows by local designers, and one of the sponsors of this exhibition. “By combining a high degree of design and craftsmanship with a strong sense of spirituality, she transcends the boundaries of typical fashion and creates an empowered, wearable aesthetic.”
Maré, who recently had a pop-up store in Great Barrington (she is back in Hudson), studied at Kaunas College in Lithuania and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Through an application of traditional quilt making, she invented a technique of tailoring within an original aesthetic featuring her signature vertical, rhythmic lines stitched into an intertwined composition like a net or map, which helps shape and fit the silhouette. Maré has shown in galleries around the world, including France, Lithuania and New York, and her clothes have been featured in New York City boutiques such as Patricia Fields, Antique Boutique, About Time, Bond 07, Henri Bendel and others.
– H.B.