On October 12, 2018, Arcturis participated in the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Gateway Chapter fashion show. Inspired by design and the edgy world of circus culture, this year’s theme, “Couture Under the Big Top,” took place at The Big Top in Grand Center, with Arcturis’s own Amy Edwards serving as event chair in partnership with Interior Investments’s Susie Woodland and CI Select’s Amanda Warren.
Local interior design firms were paired with manufacturer representatives to create ensembles made from materials such as textiles, flooring, and even, live plants. The Arcturis team was paired with Wolf Gordon and Jaeckle Distributors. Christina Fox, Allison Nelke, Brandi Ball, Sarah Barth, Olivia Graff, Jodi Caticchio, Michelle Rotherham, David Wolff, Sally Prather, Lauren Vanden Akker, and Rita Radley worked to create a garment inspired by the blurred line between beast and man, Lion and Tamer.
“To tame the beast, the greatest lion tamers must commune with the lion. Gain his trust. Speak his language. Exist on his level. But what happens when the line between man and beast becomes blurred?
As the tamer delves ever deeper into his animalistic nature, the beast inside is unleashed, transforming him into a creature not quite lion…yet not man.
Representative of his transformation, a stunning mane of hand-rolled gold leaf wallpaper frames the face of a man that exhibits the ravages of his transformation.
With his open jacket exposing his still human torso and secured by a wide belt, his lion tamer garb is the only vestige that remains of the man.
To tame the beast, you must become it.”
It was a night enjoyed by “ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages” and true success for the IIDA Gateway Chapter.
To further the reach of this amazing event, all the beautiful garments created for UnRavel are on exhibit at the Central Library now through December 23, 2018. Special thanks to the St. Louis Public Library and specifically, Cathy Heimberger and Barbara Higgins for their help in creating the exhibit for all to see.