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UPCOMING: Samurai-inspired fashion show @ DIA 17 May, plus VOTE NOW!

Saturday, May 17, 2014 |12:00 PM – 2:30
Detroit Institute of Arts

See what ten local fashion designers came up with when they created garments inspired by Samurai: Beyond the Sword in a fashion show on May 17 at noon. The winner of the "Beyond the Armor" competition, sponsored by the DIA and the Detroit Garment Group Guild (DG3), will be announced.

Local designers were challenged to fashion a complete outfit based on artworks in the exhibition. They visited the show in March for inspiration and submitted portfolios for review. Ten finalists, chosen by the DIA and DG3, spent the next month designing their outfits. The finalists also wrote entries and posted videos of their works in progress on the DIA's blog.

The viewing public determines the winner by voting at one of three showings of the finished garments in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties or see all ten outfits online and then vote for a favorite through May 12. While the Oakland County viewing was in April, all ten outfits are on view at the Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Rd., Warren, until May 4,  and at Ikea, 41640 Ford Rd., Canton, May 5 through 12.