August 21, 2011

Art Review: Blue Wrap fashions make a passionate statement


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“The Blue Wrap Project” installation at the Portland Public Library.

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Erika Lynn Smith’s 1950s-style minidress with flared petticoat was modeled by Miss Maine U.S. Aleksandra Derikonja.

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WHERE: Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square

WHEN: Through Aug. 31

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

INFO: 871-1700;

A couple of dresses for girls also stand out. Fashion Institute of Technology-educated Stephanie Harmon's sparky number with a short bubble skirt is a sort of updated riding hood -- only in blue and perkier than ever. The picture of this dress on the sixth-grade model is the best photo in the show.

Marieta Atienza's flower girl dress as modeled by her young niece is adorable, and her own gown with a single, braided shoulder strap and ties across the back of the bodice is one of the most creative pieces in the show -- and Atienza is a nurse who retired after 35 years of service.

Just as I was surprised by the overall quality of the designs, I was also struck that there was nothing weak or bad in the entire show. It's a good exhibition about fashion, and it's a great awareness-raising tool for Partners for World Health.

If you are interested in fashion design or curious to learn about it, or if you are interested in the premise of the show, there is a lot to see at the Blue Wrap Project.

Freelance writer Daniel Kany is an art historian who lives in Cumberland. He can be contacted at:


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Mardie Weldon’s dress of blue surgical gloves interlaced with blue wrap features a long-tailed skirt with a very short front and strategically placed blue surgical masks.

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Stephanie Harmon’s design features a short bubble skirt.


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