Liza Rietz’s boutique is once again converting into a pop-up shop, this time featuring Sara Bergman and Atelier Maneo. By now I’d hope you’re familiar with Bergman’s “clothes for the modern wild woman,” and if not, this would be the perfect time and place to get acquainted. Atelier Maneo, on the other hand, is a brand new creation from costume and set designer Sarah Marguier. Her line of clothing and objects are “made with and inspired by reclaimed materials from previous performing arts productions... all creations are the result of salvaging all the tiny bits and pieces remaining from productions with supplementary pieces purchased at high-end local vintage stores.” This new pop-up shop has been operating for about a month and will remain open through August 31. As is customary with the 811 E Burnside building, a First Friday event will take place in the shop, with all pieces from these designers going for 10 percent off. Like-minded events will also be happening throughout the building, including a vintage sale and an art opening at Seven Sisters. Liza Rietz, 811 E Burnside, Suite 111, Fri Aug 3, 4-9 pm
Fringe Fashion Show and Pop-Up will kick off a month of multiple fashion shows with collections from Sloan White, Rosalena Winkler, Blacklickorish, Ophir, and more. Held at Star Theater, the event will feature a runway show inside and a multi-vendor pop-up on their patio, with all proceeds going to P:ear. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, Sun Aug 12, 4-8 pm, $15-50
Fade to Light: A Multidimensional Fashion Event, the biannual show that encourages designers to think outside the box, will expand to two nights for its summer installment and feature new collections from Carolyn Hart, Linea, One Imaginary Girl, Sara Bergman, and Sarah Bibb for Folly. You’ll also see debut collections from Ale O, Holy Voids, and the graduating students of Portland Fashion Institute, as well as a collaborative collection aptly named PFI Collection designed by Portland Fashion Institute owner Sharon Blair and Portland Fashion Institute operations manager (and former Physical Element owner) Jo Carter. (Full disclosure, I produce this show.) Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, Tues Aug 21 and Wed Aug 22, 6:30 pm, $10-110, all ages
You may have heard of the impending closure of The Art Institute of Portland this coming December 31. Its new owner, Dream Center Education Holdings, has decided to close the school along with many other Art Institute locations around the country due to decreased enrollment. The faculty and staff have responded with a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of buying the school from DCEH for $2 million and operating it independently. If they reach their goal, a few drastic changes will be implemented, including a new name, a smaller location, and fewer programs. The upside is that the school will be owned and operated by faculty and staff as a nonprofit; tuition will be more affordable; and it will still be accredited by NWCCU. That said, $2 million is quite a large sum to raise, and as an AiPD alumnus I really hope they reach it.
In the meantime, you can attend what may be their last fashion event, Statements: A Fashion Experience. This annual show has been a Portland favorite for the past 20 years, spotlighting brand new designers as well as featuring the senior collections from 10 graduating students. (Full disclosure, I’m producing this show as well.) Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, Thurs Aug 23, 6:30 pm, $10-75, all ages