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This past weekend, Niagara was alive for its most fashionable event –  STRUTT, put on by the Niagara Artist’s Centre. The event is a wearable art fashion show that accepts applications and commissions work from Niagara’s thriving arts community. The entries ranged from the risqué to the downright industrial, as the crowd came alive with support for the artistic vision of each runway walk. Taking place at W.S. Tyler, the space was converted from empty industrial to buzzing event venue with bodies from wall to wall.

The fashion was incredible, and the acrobatics were a spectacle that drew eyes to the ceilings of the transformed industrial building! Women dangled from the ceiling on ribbons and performed elegant movement art to compliment the runway show happening below them. There were roller-girls zooming up and down the runway, adding excitement and an element of fun to the evening’s events.

The music was performed live by the Niagara Symphony, and featured up-tempo numbers that had audience members dancing in their seats, and somber numbers that reflected the artistic intention of the fashions they accompanied. With seemingly each facet of Niagara well-represented at the event, it appears that STRUTT has had its largest and most successful year yet, with the rumbling of the night indicating that the crowd cannot wait for STRUTT 2013!

The proceeds of STRUTT support the Niagara Artist’s Centre, an organization that supports the artist community in Niagara. You can visit the NAC on St. Paul St. in St. Catharines, where many gallery shows and events take place in the same spirit of support throughout the year.

The Author

Allie Hughes is the wine and culinary contributor to Naturally in Niagara, feasting on the decadent experience that is life in this region. With a fine wine sensibility honed at the International Sommelier Guild, Allie is taking the journey of Niagara by the glass with you with each new taste. Allie is also the creative mind behind the marketing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and owner of Hughes & Co., a boutique social strategy firm.

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