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September 21, 2013

Fashion show event deadline extended

Online ticketing has been extended through Monday, Sept. 23, for the “Celebrate Wearable Art II” event.

The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester. In addition to a fashion show with more than 60 “looks” presented during high tea, there is an exhibit and sale of wearable art, featuring hand-made clothing, jewelry and accessories.

“We have everything from Manchester High School students — making bath mat dresses with teacher Marion Powers — to the sculpture class at Montserrat, to a professor at Endicott, to a couture designer from New York with her full collection,” said Jacqueline Michelle Ganim-DeFalco, chairwoman of the board for seARTS. “It’s the kind of event that will engage the community creatively on many different levels.”

“This event is a great opportunity for young artists or even for people like me. You know, you have a dream, and then you can do it; it’s just possible,” said Frieda Grotjahn, 52, who has owned her East Gloucester store Again & Again for the past eight years. “Otherwise you try to go to Boston for something like this, but it’s right here.”

This year, Grotjahn is bringing something new to the runway: her Grace Kelly-inspired wedding dress made out of recycled spinnaker boat sails. Altogether, it took about 15 hours to make the dress according to Pam Lally, Grotjahn’s righthand woman during the design and sewing process.

Grotjahn and her team of five part-time employees also created two flower girl dresses and bouquets to accompany the dress on the runway.

Cape Ann’s Wendy Booker, a mountaineer and author, will be among the dozens of models at the Wearable Arts fashion show on Sept. 29, organized by the Society of the Encouragement of the Arts. Booker is the first person to reach both the North and South poles. Other local models are Sarah Slifer, Lexi Orlando, Baylee Kirk, Grace Papp, Julia Noell, Charlotte Papp, Lucy Glatfelter, Sara Young, Katherine Worth, Loren Doucette, Laurie Fleming, Janet Souza, Linda Holt, Lee Reid, Colleen Lally, Vanessa Kelley and Jill Dunbar.

Ticket payment of $100 by check should be made to seARTS, PO Box 1476, Gloucester, MA 01931, and must be accompanied by an email to info@searts.org with ticketing information. Requests received after Sept. 23 will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, visit seARTS.org.

Katharine Stephens is a Gordon College News Service Fellow.

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