Dare to Wear by WOW and Sue Kreitzman

Last Wednesday as the mainstream art world gathered to view what was on offer at Frieze, over in a church crypt in St Pancras, an alternative exhibition was going on. Wandering in from the hubub of the Euston Road, it felt like a art event in downtown 60’s Manhattan.

Outsider artist (and Advanced Style lady) Sue Kreitzman formed WOW (WIld Old Women) in 2005 after she met a group of older female artist while participating in the London Raw Art Festival. The group got together to create Flashier and Trashier in 2008 and have once again collaborated to make “a new, exuberant riot of profound junk”.

The exhibition features clothes, dolls, photographs, installations, jewellery and accessories in answer to Sue questions “”will wearing beige really will kill you, what should we wear on the way to the afterlife?” and ” will flamboyance set you free?”

Sues own work features paintings and assemblages featuring discarded objects in bold colours and her personal style is an inspiration. She has created a rather fabulous necklace along with Tatty Devine, (remember her amazing Zeitgeist necklace for the Advanced Style book launch) especially for the opening. It’s available to buy for a mere £450 – but it is a one off work of art.

Some of the jewllery was stunning and really quite wearable.

 Dare to Wear is on until November the 4th at St Pancras Crypt, Euston Road, NW1 2BA from 11am – 6pm.

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