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Experimental Fashion Students Present Brouhaha: A Six-Alarm Affair April 25

Multimedia Event in Former North Avenue Market Is Part of Station North Spring Music Festival

Posted 04.02.09 by MICA Media Relations

Brouhaha models wear designs by MICA fiber students.

BALTIMORE--Artists and designers from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) are partnering with Echo Gallery in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District to stage Brouhaha: A Six-Alarm Affair on Saturday, April 25 at 6 and 9 p.m. The multimedia, experimental fashion event will take over the Echo Gallery in the former North Avenue Market, located at 12 W. North Ave. Brouhaha is part of the Station North Spring Music Festival, which celebrates the continuing revitalization of the North Avenue area and showcases local music, artists, and venues.

The title, Brouhaha: A Six-Alarm Affair, refers to the 1968 fire that destroyed the interior of the market. It also suggests a major event that draws people together to witness something unfold. MICA students conceived of Brouhaha not only as an opportunity to showcase their work, but also to draw attention to the sprawling former market, its history, and current efforts to resurrect it as a site of cultural, social, and economic activity.

Student designers, under the guidance of MICA fiber faculty and alumna Valeska Populoh, are Kaelie Barnard, Ashley Lloyd and Karen Boyer, Marika Garcia, Brandy Godsil, Anna Kim, Melody Lin, Amy Mann, Megan Milostan, Anna Obikane, Marla Parker, Madeline Peters, Candace Steiger, and Katie Waterworth.

They are collaborating with musical performers J-No and No Signal to provide Brouhaha with a live, original soundtrack. J-No is a local DJ who played last semester's multimedia event, Kegger. No Signal is a Baltimore-based ensemble that includes musicians associated with the Peabody Institute and specializes in experimental and improvisational music and performance art.

Brouhaha moves beyond fashion into the realm of costume and performance, showcasing MICA's fiber department's emphasis on the relationship of garments to the body and performance. The College's experimental fashion concentration is a structured, sequential investigation for fiber majors into the domain of fashion, art, and culture. The program balances practice and theory, placing fashion in its broadest cultural context-from consumption to the global market.

Tickets for either show, which cost $5, can be purchased at the MICA bookstore, 1200 W. Mount Royal Ave.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

View Designs From Brouhaha