Off the Cuff rocks out and dresses local musicians

Finalists for the big fashion show are chosen this Sunday.

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Winner week three: Akshay Tyagi's reconstructed outerwear. Photo: Shaun Simpson

If you haven’t made it out to an Off the Cuff fashion competition yet, strap on those gladiator sandals and go to Argyle Fine Art this Sunday at 1pm for the final elimination round before the big fashion show on September 13. This week’s theme is “Rockin’ the Clothes,” where the emerging designers are matched with local musicians to create one-of-a-kind fashions suitable for the stage. See In-Flight Safety’s John Mullane, Mary Stewart, Stereo Penguin and Ardyth & Jennifer like you’ve never seen them before, working the runway like ’80s supermodels.

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Winner week two: Louanna Murphy's jumpsuit made out of artist textiles.Photo: Shaun Simpson

So far in the competition, designers have stunned with outfits using local artists’ textiles; created future-forward cocktail dresses out of discarded technology; and, most appropriately for this waterlogged town, reconstructed Halifax weather-appropriate garments into glamourous outerwear. Four designers remain—-Louanna Murphy, Akshay Tyagi, Bree Mackin and Heather Rappard, with Murphy winning two weeks and Tyagi, one. Good luck to judges Wendy Friedman (Biscuit General Store), Lisa Drader-Murphy (designer/owner Turbine Boutique) and Gary Markle (designer, NSCAD faculty) with this one (Note: on reality shows, this is the week where a judge cries). They’ll be joined by our Best of Music readers’ poll winner for Best Dressed musician, Rebekah Higgs (Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees), someone who knows her way around a vintage shop.

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Winner week two: Louanna Murphy's dress created out of discarded textiles. Photo: Shaun Simpson

The three finalists will have the rest of the summer to create their own collection, which will be modelled at the September 13 fashion show in the Historic Properties courtyard, where the winner will be chosen by the popular vote. They’ll walk away with a bunch of prizes, including studio and mentoring time with Turbine, and an opportunity to show their clothes at Turbine’s annual showcase.

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