“BOUDOIR VIGNETTES” REPRESENTS COMMUNITY COLLABORATION ON DISPLAY
On view in Everyman Theatre’s lobby and mezzanine levels during the run of Intimate Apparel (October 18 - November 19, 2017), “Boudoir Vignettes” is a fashion exhibit inspired by characters and settings from the play, and created for theatre-goers viewing pleasure by members of Baltimore’s design community.
With a nod to the neighborhood surrounding Everyman Theatre (Market Center and the Bromo Arts and Entertainment District) and its history of storefronts, department stores and Baltimore’s own historic garment district, Boudoir Vignettes is a “window” into a modern interpretation of Intimate Apparel, crafted by a variety of partners, including a community of downtown designers, boutique owners, tailors and area students studying fashion, fiber arts and costume design. The installation is curated by Caprece Jackson-Garrett, owner of Bonneau Caprece LLC; a Baltimore-based marketing, PR and event production company.
“I am infinitely thankful to Everyman Theatre for the opportunity to create a fresh portal for the fine art form of fashion to be recognized as art, an industry, and a professional domain for those who utilize fabric and fibers to create wearable concepts that embellish our bodies,” said Jackson-Garrett.
“A door is now open, that was not opened before. And to collaborate on Boudoir Vignettes in conjunction with this amazing production of Intimate Apparel is the fresh model for intersecting art with community that Baltimore needs.”
The Boudoir Vignettes exhibit is a group effort “finessed” by Jackson-Garrett, and the environment of each vignette is built out by handpicked objects that could be plausibly found in the boudoirs of Mr. Marks, Mrs. Van Buren, Mayme or Esther. Aspects of character that shape the vignettes include Mrs. Van Buren’s invisibility to her distant husband, Mr. Marks’ affection for educated consumers, and Esther’s challenge to fully embrace her value as a “creative” individual.
“We wanted to tie into something specific about each character while sourcing timeless and contemporary accessories and clothing from the collections of local designers and boutique owners,” Jackson-Garrett explained. “My favorite is the vintage music stand and book of songs symbolizing the sex worker Mayme and her ‘could-have-been’ dreams of being a concert pianist.”
The partnership with Jackson-Garrett is emblematic of a new community engagement program called “Circle of Engagers”—an initiative that invites entrepreneurs, artists, educators, and the like to form a circle in collaboration with Everyman staff to co-curate creative connections between Everyman’s productions and the greater Baltimore community. “Engagers” have the opportunity to bring their passions and interests to the table and “flex their muscles” in response to a given play. Besides mutually beneficial cross-promotional opportunities, projects might also seed new partnerships or longer standing initiatives.
In addition to Jackson-Garrett, the Circle of Engagers for Intimate Apparel includes representatives from MICA, the Market Center Merchants Association, SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Project) Baltimore and students from Baltimore School for the Arts, who have been shadowing Everyman Theatre Resident Costume Designer David Burdick and his costume design process for Intimate Apparel.
The Boudoir Vignettes exhibit and Circle of Engagers partnerships for Intimate Apparel will culminate with “Boudoir Couture Showcase,” a community celebration, taking place on November 19. Learn more about the event here.