Wal­ters Art Mu­seum Gala

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FAMILY -

Like many of the guests at the Wal­ters Art Mu­seum’s Gala & Party, Janet Barnes, 27, was in­spired to base her out­fit on this year’s Mod­ern Nou­veau theme. Do­ing a head­piece was a no-brainer for the Be­lair-Park­side res­i­dent. She’d been mak­ing fas­ci­na­tors for other themed events over the last cou­ple of years.

“I made a head­piece out of zip ties that was in­spired by [famed Lon­don milliner] Philip Treacy. It was a big gold sun for a mas­quer­ade party at the [Sag­amore] Pendry [Ho­tel]. Then there was a Hal­loween party at [Mary­land Art Place] that had a boat theme. So I made a Vic­to­rian-themed head­piece that looked like some­thing you’d see on a Vic­to­rian wig,” she ex­plained.

How­ever, this time, Barnes — now pur­su­ing her sec­ond mas­ter’s de­gree at the Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity School of Nurs­ing — de­cided to take her DIY cre­ativ­ity one step fur­ther … and use head­pieces from the turn of the last cen­tury to in­spire an en­tire gown.

“Feath­ers were used mostly in head­pieces, as was a flo­ral [mo­tif ] and in­tri­cate jew­elry. So I tried to cap­ture the as­pect of na­ture that seems to be in­fused in cloth­ing at the time,” she said.

She found the stretchy shell for the gown on­line, as well as black rooster feath­ers, which she spray-painted gold, then at­tached them to the shell with in­dus­trial glue. As for a head­piece, this time, Barnes took a pass. “I wanted the dress to stand out by it­self,” she said. HER ENSEM­BLE: DIY gold feather gown. Nine West gold shoes and gold evening bag that both came from thrift stores.

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