Art Meso presents Carnaval Couture, marking another season of celebrating the best of art and fashion from around the world.
Flora Miranda signature Spectral dress
The term “meso” means middle or intermediary—often associated with the Mesopotamian people, some of the first inventors of concepts we in the modern world hold as fact. Put this word together with “art,” and this phrase has a new but reminiscent meaning: Art Meso, an Atlanta-based international art and fashion exhibition that showcases talent from around the world while giving back to the local community. Created by fashion designer and Atlantan Jennifer Sutton in 2015, this experience-based exhibit has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings, turning into short- and long-term installations in various locales throughout Atlanta and New York, and bringing art from over 15 countries to the United States. “Originally, Art Meso was an outlet for my creative journey and a space to explore other creative mediums,” says Sutton, who is firstly an artist and a designer. The platform she created for herself slowly turned into an international stage for her fellow creators.
Green dress by Jennifer Sutton
Today, Art Meso has appeared in various news outlets and even received a proclamation from the City of Atlanta for its cultural significance. This year’s 60-day event takes place in Buckhead Village District and will feature 10 national and international designers and artists, amounting to over 100 pieces of work. Embodying the theme Carnaval Couture, the exhibit aims to take guests on a journey through a unique collision of high-fashion runway productions and live art exhibitions. “Atlanta is an incredibly dynamic city for creative exploration, but it is also very much an international city, making it perfect for Art Meso,” says Sutton. “This year we will feature designers and artists from Belgium, Spain, Atlanta, Ohio, Miami, Cuba and Amsterdam, creating an exhilarating wonderland with an artistic rendition of Noah’s Ark.”
Gorgeous red wrap dress and styling by Jennifer Sutton
Kicking things off is a luxury premiere event featuring a fall fashion show preview of Buckhead Village luxury shops B.M. Franklin & Co., Billy Reid, NARS and Abbey Glass. Following this initial party, the museum-style exhibit will present the talent of Flora Miranda, Marlou Breuls, It-Spain, Sutton, Stina Aleah, Lisyanet Rodriguez, Andrea Mckenzie, Chanell Angeli and more. “Art and fashion both spend time in the other’s world, nurturing and challenging until they almost become one,” says Sutton. “It seems you can’t discuss one without involving the other. You will see some of the looks created by designers such as It-Spain; while they may be walking down the runway, it is also very much an art project.” Go see the art for yourself and take part in an event that is not only culturally enhancing Atlanta’s profile but also socially lifting up our most vulnerable. 305 Peachtree Road, Buckhead Village, artmeso.com
Runway models wearing designs from Celestial Couture.
Photography by: Deelite Photography