Hundreds gathered for a spectacle of wearable art, fashion, and performances
By Olivia Levesque, Arts and Culture Editor
One of Thunder Bay’s best events came and went last weekend, and was surely something to remember. Derelicte: A Fashion Odyssey celebrated their ninth year at a very packed Black Pirates Pub, showcasing 100 plus artists and over 30 acts. The event is organized by Definitely Superior Art Gallery in support of their many community programs. Derelicte has always been a multidisciplinary event showcasing everything from wearable art, musicians, dancers, and contemporary performers. The event last year saw over 600 people in attendance, which speaks volumes of the evolving art scene in Thunder Bay. There is a true sense of community at Def Sup events, as one supporter mentioned amongst the high energy crowd: “It’s cool to see how a few people in Thunder Bay built this art community, and now we are letting it build us”.
The styles of the night were endless, with looks from local retailers putting a twist on their own fashions, to handmade clothing, and of course wearable art. Derelicte fashions are meant to play on grudge or the “unwearable”, but turned into fashion couture. However, this show encompassed so much more than that. The wearable art pieces never ceased to amaze and shock the crowd. One of the most amazing parts of the show is the support from the crowd to those rocking the catwalk. Lakehead’s own Visual Art department was represented throughout the show; Visual Art professor Elizabeth Buset created the most notable. Her piece was modelled by VA student Blake Evans. (Pictured below).