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Sep 3, 2014 >> Project Onward’s Fashion Form

G&F’s September Issues all have one common theme: The Artist. For our kick off issue to Fall, we teamed up with Project Onward on a project that lies smack dab at the intersection of style and art.


TOP ROW: Jackie Cousins; Bill Douglas
BOTTOM ROW: Adam Hines; Bill Douglas; Michael Smith

After shooting our Fall Beauty story, we sent Project Onward artist Bill Douglas four raw images and asked him to reenvision these shots. The results are stunning—check out the story here—and we were inspired by what the artist’s decisions did with the direction of the piece. G&F’s goal is always to celebrate everyone who has a stylish point of view and Bill’s work was a true testament to living that mantra. Producing a series of eight collages, Bill’s work will be debuted in a new exhibition opening later this month at their Bridgeport Art Center space. 

Bill is not the only artist at Project Onward who uses fashion as a form of inspiration. The non-profit, which provides studio space and artist development to artists with disabilities, has many on the roster whose work collide between art and fashion. From Jackie Cousins’ flair for fashion illustration (which also led to a collaboration with handbag designers Urban Junket) to a tour de force of Project Onward talent creating Chicago Marathon race shirts for 10 professional runners led by fashion designer and runner George Melichar and Project Onward’s Adam Hines, the exhibition features over 40 works.

“Fashion Form” runs September 19 through November 8th at Project Onward Gallery B, Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th Street, 4th Floor. An opening reception is open to the public on Friday, September 19th from 6–9PM.

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