Students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago present a group exhibition Converging Patterns. Featuring two and three-dimensional works by local and national professional artists as well as graduate and undergraduate students from the SAIC, Converging Patterns addresses the question of our future fashions in light of dramatic social and environmental changes taking place now. When our climate and environment change in the next few decades, what will you be wearing? How will you live? The products we use are shaped by the changes in our world. Our fashion patterns will have to be altered to converge style with utility in the years to come. If sustaining life will be the main goal of 21st century fashion, how will designers incorporate science and technology to improve style?
Converging Patterns examines some contemporary ideas of advance design in extreme weather conditions. Will fashion aid our survival and protect us from infectious diseases or natural disasters? Converging Patterns will showcase different aspects and opinions of the future of dress and design and debut an original sound piece. By compiling these garments and artworks and placing them in an environment that we may really encounter in our lifetime, the students invite the viewers to contemplate the repercussions of our present activities. This exhibition presents a collaborative effort between artists and the School of the Art Institute’s Defining Twentieth Century Dress class.