Unique Collaboration Takes Shape in Advanced Headwear Design Exhibition

Chicago, ILThe culmination of a unique collaboration between students in SAIC's Advanced Headwear fashion design course and Winzeler Gear, a company specializing in precision molded gears, takes shape in the exhibition Head Gear, on view May 3 through June 1.

After months of work and visits to the Winzeler Gear manufacturing facility, dozens of SAIC student designs will be presented at Winzeler Gear's Gallery 43, located within a creative, technologically advanced manufacturing setting. Guests may view the headwear projects during business hours throughout the exhibition's month-long run.

"Interest in headwear as an interface between sculpture and fashion has been growing, and this spring's Advanced Headwear Concepts class is the largest in the course's history," says Eia Radosavljevic, Adjunct Assistant Professor, SAIC Fashion Design. "Sixteen students, including three graduate students in SAIC's Fashion, Body, and Garment program, have been working in collaboration with John Winzeler this semester, drawing inspiration from the Winzeler Gear factoryits history, products, and manufacturing processthe involute curve's basis for gear design, and ultimately the people who work in the plant."

Participating artists include Hazel Baek, Robert Charles Bettinger, D.J. DeGayner, Kara Marie Fenoglietto, Nancy Fleischman, Elaine Hoang, Irene Koan, Joe Leamanczyk, Jihe Lee, Sara Ormes, Irene Pipilas, Carmine Yi Jin Ro, Kiah Rogers, Lulu Geunho Seo, Kathleen Thometz, and Caroline Wayne.

Head Gear
May 3June 1
Gallery 43 at Winzeler Gear
7355 W. Wilson Ave., Harwood Heights, IL 60706
Opening hours and more info: 708.867.7971

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