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Art Deco clothing, accessories, poster exhibit a knockout for Gala

"Fashionable Art: Apparel from the 1920s and 1930s" drew at least 650 guests, a record-breaking number, to the School of Creative Arts' Presidential Gala on Sept. 8, said SOCA Dean Rick Cartwright.

Fort Wayne historian Don Orban lent his collection of vintage Art Deco-style women’s clothing and accessories for the gala exhibit, and Auburn artist John Souder contributed a collection of his Auburn Cord Duesenberg posters for the Rolland Center walls. Depicting the gleaming paint, shiny chrome and sleek lines of the classic cars built by Auburn Automobile Co., the posters paired automotive elements with the female fashions and silhouettes of the time.

Music, food and beverages combined with the historical exhibits and perfect weather for the enjoyable evening in the gallery and tented exterior patio area. Sparkling dresses and accessories drew "ooh's" and "aah's" from the crowd, and those with smart phones could use QR codes affixed to a timeline of events linking to a Tumblr site with more information, pictures, videos and posters from the era.

The exhibits are free and open to the public in the Weatherhead and Goldfish galleries in SOCA through Oct. 12.

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