In an Italian restaurant now defunct in Doral, Celia Ledón worked hard to make clothes without fabric, needles or threads. The Cuban artist’s materials of choice are more likely to be found at Home Depot or in the kitchen of a restaurant. In her makeshift workshop, she knitted dresses from used plastic cassettes and straws and molded a Saran envelope into a full bodied number.
The works will be presented in an 18-piece fashion show at CityPlace Doral on Thursday, June 3, to kick off “Doral Fashion Art Design” – a new event to be held twice a year at Doral.
Ledón’s work will be presented alongside dance and live music performances in Doral Square. It’s a taste of what will turn into two annual “art weeks” at Doral hosted by the Doral Contemporary Art Museum, known as DORCAM, each year in September and February.
“Our mission has always been to blend industry and the arts,” said Marcelo Llobell, co-founder of DORCAM. “We wanted to create a permanent event that will bring together artists, designers and performers.”
The idea, he said, is to challenge visual, performing and industrial artists to collaborate and separate from each other’s work. Their creations will be exhibited in the city’s parks and public spaces for all to see. Thursday’s event will look more like Cirque du Soleil than Paris Fashion Week, Llobell added.
In Ledón’s work, LLobell saw the perfect artist to illustrate this type of collaboration. The museum entrusted him with the creation of portable works of art inspired by the sculptures of the Spanish artist Manolo Valdés. Thursday’s show will mark the end of DORCAM’s successful exhibition of works by Valdés, whose towering sculptures have stood guard in the city’s parks and outdoor spaces for the past six months.
Like Valdés, Ledón’s work is strongly influenced by the female form. She has long made headdresses from recycled materials that evoke the giant metal hats worn by the sculptures of Valdés. Trained as an industrial designer in Havana, she has worked as a costume designer for theater, television and film. His dramatic creations have already been shown at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, as part of the exhibition “Cuba’s Artes: From Island to World”, but this is the first time that he has been shown. ‘she shows her work in the Miami area.
“Whether they see it as art or fashion, I hope people will see what they want to see in it,” Ledón said. “I especially want them to see something out of the ordinary.”
Although the outdoor event is free and open to the public, viewers can purchase VIP tickets for $ 50 at dorcam.org for a place in the living room.
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When: June 3, 2021, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: CityPlace Doral, 8300 NW 36th St.