Prepare to be Wowed: Party, exhibit explore wearable fashion from the outrageous to sublime

Rick Crangle hand-carved more than 500 pieces of cherry wood to create “feathers,” which envelop his award-winning masterpiece called Raven’s Gown.

“I’m a fan of doing something for the challenge of it,” Crangle said.

He is among a small group of Gloucester artists invited to participate in the PEM/PM after hours party at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem on Feb. 16, as the museum prepares to launch “WOW World of WearableArt,” an international exhibit of “extreme wearable artworks” from New Zealand’s renowned annual design competition. Peabody Essex Museum is the exclusive East Coast venue for this traveling show.

The party will feature signature cocktails, fashion displays, DIY challenges and a sneak peek of the exhibit before it opens to the public.
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