DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL SERVICES
DAVE BOYER, DIRECTOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
March 20, 2012 Nancy Coumoundouros
Cultural Arts Supervisor
Matthew Richmond’s Paper Dress Exhibit
at the City Gallery through April 13
The unique, edgy paper dress creations made of entirely recycled materials by
artist Matt Richmond will be on display at the City Gallery at the Costick Center
in Farmington Hills through April 13. The City Gallery is located in the Costick
Center, 28600 W. Eleven Mile Road, and is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 –
4:30 and during special events.
Richmond’s designs have most recently been seen on Channel 4’s “Dateline
Detroit Primetime Edition,” featuring the gown that caused quite a stir when
worn by the station’s reporter Ashley Baracy at the Detroit Auto Show.
Baracy’s stunning gown was made entirely from auto brochures. Richmond’s
designs have also been worn by live models at Royal Oak’s Gallery U, at an
“ambush fashion show” in downtown Royal Oak, and have been exhibited at
other venues and galleries. The City Gallery is his sixth exhibit.
Richmond’s materials vary from plastic Kroger bags to Target holiday wrapping
paper. Although he has no formal training in clothing design, Richmond says he
has always been fascinated by couture fashion. One of his favorite designers is
Bob Mackie, the artist known for his dazzling designs created for stars such as
Cher, Carol Burnett and The Spice Girls.
“My first creation was inspired by an old bust form that I found in my parents’
basement,” says Richmond. “I was bored one afternoon and decided to try to
design a futuristic dress for the form out of old gift wrap and, as they say, the
rest is history.” The exhibit also features a wide array of fashion images by
various photographers, starring Richmond’s designs.
For more information, call the Cultural Arts Division at 248-473-1856.
31555 West Eleven Mile Road • Farmington Hills, MI 48336 • 248.871.2500 Phone • 248.871.2501 Fax