Special Exhibit: HBF Textiles + Elodie Blanchard
HBF Textiles and designer Elodie Blanchard will present a special exhibit of Blanchard's unique textile art opening night Wednesday, September 25 from 5:30-8:00 at the HBF& HBF Textiles showroom. Blanchard began designing clothes and organizing fashion shows in her teens before moving to Paris to study sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts and fashion at the Duperré School of Design and Fashion. In 1999, she won the young designer prize at the International Fashion Arts Festival of Hyeres, which gave her the opportunity to sell her eponymous clothing line at the famed French La Redoute store. After studying at CalArts in Los Angeles, her interests expanded to performance projects, including collaborations with musicians and dancers. Later, Blanchard delved into a variety of endeavors including prototype product development, trend forecasting, special event design, and costume and set design. She has also taught at Parsons in NY. She is the founder of Elodie Blanchard Studio specializing in textile design and fabrication. Her aesthetic is modern and whimsical: each unique piece showcases her ability to take everyday objects - an heirloom quilt, a utilitarian moving blanket, a favorite pair of pants - and transform them into extraordinary textiles with diverse design applications.