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Cleveland Museum of Art MIX event celebrates Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit with upcycled fashions by Margaret Burton, Valerie Mayen

December 5, 2018

Cleveland Museum of Art MIX event celebrates Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit with upcycled fashions by Margaret Burton, Valerie Mayen

CLEVELAND, Ohio – While the Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic works and her timeless, unique style in a new exhibit called Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, they are furthering the discussion about the trending art in fashion of upcycling and recycling materials, textiles and memorable items into new pieces of clothing at an event this Friday evening.

The theme of this month’s MIX at CMA event on Friday night is “Modern.” Cleveland designer and Project Runway alumna Valerie Mayen of Yellowcake Shop will display upcycled garments as will Ohio native Margaret Burton whose garments are made of transformed, memorable pieces of clothing including a suit made entirely of LeBron James jerseys.

Valerie Mayen, a Cleveland Institute of Art graduate who first showed us her unique style and talent on Project Runway and then on Project Runway All-Stars, creates clothing and accessories in her Cleveland studio. Her signature outerwear pieces have become the favorites of women from all over. Her fun and flirty designs include dresses, jumpsuits, tops, special collection pieces, and more. Find the Yellowcake Shop pop-up boutique at the Van Aken District in Shaker Heights. It’s open until Christmas Eve.

Margaret Burton, who was born in Akron, grew up in Hudson and studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and then the Pratt Institute, now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her Margaret Burton label provides a look into the art of recycling. According to a press release, she is hoping to educate others and provide solutions for reducing the waste we create from industries like fast fashion, those inexpensive, almost throw away garments made popular by brands like H&M and Forever21. There was a time when people had higher regard for the things in their closets and she is trying to get consumers to return to that mindset.

Burton, who only creates garments from existing pieces started the practice after noticing the waste created by the industry while she was an intern in New York City’s fashion district. She went on to Los Angeles where the same wasteful practices exist. When the opportunity arose to move to Charlotte to teach people in at-risk communities to sew, she took it.

Burton creates stylish and unique fashions from the deconstructed pieces of other garments. Like the LeBron James suit, she’s also made a multi-tiered dress from sports jerseys and T-shirts, a dress constructed of all of the pattern pieces of a man’s deconstructed dress shirt and several new pieces from old jeans and slacks.

MIX at CMA details:

MIX: CMA invites guests to sip cocktails, dance and pay homage to independent fashion and art icon Georgia O’Keeffe by dressing in looks inspired by her striking style. Wear black and white, mix in a hint of the Southwest or create a look resembling her understated sometimes androgynous style. For ideas, see examples in the above photo gallery of some of O’Keeffe’s iconic fashions.

Where: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland.

When: Friday December 7, 2018.

Hours: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Parking: Available in the CMA parking garage and other garages throughout University Circle.

MIX Admission: $10 in advance, $15 day of the event and free for CMA members.

Links: Purchase tickets and find out more at ClevelandArt.org/MIX

Valerie Mayen’s Yellowcake Shop at yellowcakeshop.com

Van Aken pop-up open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Margaret Burton at margaret-burton.com

Age requirements: MIX is for adults 18 years and older.

Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit: Admission to this exhibit is separate from MIX admission. Members are admitted for free, non-members get a MIX attendee discounted ticket for $7. Admission. to the O’Keeffe exhibit other times are as follows:

Members are free.

Combination tickets are $25 for adults, $21 for seniors and college students, $12 for children 6 to 17 yrs. And children under 5 are free.

Single tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and college students, $12 each for adult groups, $7 for children 6 to 17 and guests of members and children under $5 are free.

With your ticket to the O’Keeffe exhibit you are also invited to the Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de’ Medici’s Valois Tapestries exhibit.

Tickets are issued for specific days and times, ordering in advance is highly recommended.

Order tickets at cma.org/exhibitions or by phone at 216-421-7350.

The O’Keeffe exhibit closes on March 3, 2019.

Read more about the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit and see images from the exhibit.

Find me on Twitter and Instagram @AlliArtStyle and at Allison Carey Fashion Reporter/Photographer on Facebook.

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