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Fun & Fashion at UMaine Museum of Art

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3751

BANGOR — In conjunction with the University of Maine Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition Celebrities and Socialites: Photographs by Andy Warhol, the Museum will present Bangor’s first-ever Fashion Challenge to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Norumbega Hall, 40 Harlow Street.

Pop artist Andy Warhol had a life-long fascination with fame and throughout the 70s took thousands of photographs of the rich and famous in and around New York City where he was a frequent visitor of the popular nightclub Studio 54. To launch the UMMA exhibition, 11 local designers and artists were asked to create a garment that a celebrity might wear to a red carpet affair or perhaps, like Warhol, to a night of dancing at a discotheque.

The Fashion Challenge event will feature a runway show, a special musical performance, fashion shows by Bangor’s own Bella Luna boutique and Sophronia Designs, and a cash bar reception to follow the fashion show. Drawing inspiration from the popular reality show “Project Runway,” designers were provided special criteria and had 18 days to create original and artful designs, to be debuted on October 3rd. A panel of guest judges will determine the winner of this creative competition and prizes will be awarded for first place and runner up.

The special guest host for the evening will be Bangor Daily News’ Shopgirl Kristen Andresen. Tickets to the event are sold out and there is a waiting list.

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