An Evening with Brazilian fashion designer Marcia Ganem

Approximately 150 people attended “An Evening with Brazilian fashion designer Marcia Ganem” at Moore College of Art & Design on September 5.   The event featured an exhibition of 10 of her one-of-a-kind dresses, many adorned with precious stones, some with gold and garnets, and almost all featuring delicate fibers spun from old car tires and seat belts.  Ms Ganem said several of the pieces took up to six months to create and all were inspired by the traditions and cultures of the communities with which she has worked in Bahia, Brazil.  The exhibition also included photographs of her fashions by Ricardo Fernandes and those of Saubara by Ines Grimaux, who was also there.   Following a short film about Ms. Ganem’s inspiration for her amazing creations she entered into a conversation with Dilys Blum, curator of textiles, costumes and fashion for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.   This led to an informative Q&A with the audience and a tour of the exhibition with Ms. Ganem.  The evening concluded with lively conversation at the reception.  Ms. Ganem’s next stop is a couture show at New York Fashion Week where twenty-five of her pieces will be modeled in runway show on September 7.    The event at Moore was presented in partnership with the Brazilian Cultural Center in Philadelphia and supported by the Eastern Pennsylvania/Bahia Partners of the Americas.  Suzana Silva who is affiliated with both organizations was Ms. Ganem’s translator.

Published on September 6th, 2013