13 November 2012

Namibia: College of the Arts Exhibition and Fashion Show

The College of the Arts (Cota) in Katutura presented its annual students visual creations and fashion productions exhibition, in an event which could be described as breathtaking and a simply perfect evening of art, fashion and new media works.

The Main gallery space housed an overwhelming display of colour experimentations and as usual, very strong three dimensional works, while another building at the College showcased new media creations of conceptual graphic designs and three dimensional works.

The attendance at this event was equal to the showing which ultimately resembled a kind of feast, a true celebration of the visual and perhaps a glimpse into the future of an art appreciative Nation.

The fashion on show resembled those of prestigious runways as designer garments draped perfectly over tiny shoulders of confidence and attitude, professional in every way.

I am a bit disappointed in the fact that little attention was given to the lighting or the ground level runway which would have given these student’s fashion show a kind of prestige above the rest.

The product development course at Cota have this year yielded a respectable standard of work in terms of innovation, functionality and design which might in the near future usher in a new breed of furniture design, centred around artistic thought and originality.

The sheer amount of work on display is in itself an accomplishment worth mentioning since the overwhelming majority of work is of a high standard and gives rise to a level of competency and hard work which will no doubt be an invaluable asset to the industry.

The feature most prominent about the work of the Cota students in Katutura is the green centred mentality of recycling and reuse all types of salvaged materials. The fashion show dedicated an entire range of wear to reused fabrics and materials and what is so amazing about that range is the fact that it doesn’t have the usual tell tale signs of recycled materials, especially in the Namibian context of ‘laslapies’ but is rather a display of glamour and prominence.

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