Last weekend, I posted a story and emailed a newsletter about Wendi Seminari who makes wearable art. I’ve since received very positive feedback so I’d like to call attention to a couple of fabulous wearable art exhibits that are currently open. They couldn’t be more different in their content, but highlight the broad scope of wearable art.

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The first one is Majestic African Textiles held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and runs through March 2, 2014. Majestic African Textiles presents a spectacular array of royal and prestige cloths, masking and ritual garments, and superbly beaded and embellished objects. Featuring more than 60 pieces drawn from the IMA’s collection and augmented with a few loans, the show highlights a significant and diverse group of richly patterned and elaborately decorated textiles from North and sub-Saharan Africa. More info. As Niloo Paydar, who curated this exhibit says, “Not just made to be worn, but made to impress.”

Kent state picThe second exhibit is at Kent State University’s Fashion School and focus on technology and its’ role in future fashion and textile design. It asks the question, “what is the future of fashion?”

What is the future of fashion? This question is ever present in a designer’s mind. The answer is intricately connected with a wide variety of technological applications as the requirement of fashion, clothing and personal identity become more explicit. This exhibition examines present examples of present examples of clothing, accessories and online business models that utilize or are developing those new types of technologies. The collaborative creative output of these designers, artists and technologies is beautiful and suggests the enormous possibilities for the future of fashion. This exhibit runs through August 31, 2014. More info.