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Calling All Design Students to the Detroit Institute of Arts

Monday, February 14, 2005

In conjunction with the exhibition Gerard ter Borch (Feb. 27–May 22), the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is excited to announce Ruff and Ready to Wear, a modern-day fashion design contest with a 17th-century, high-fashion twist. Gerard ter Borch (1617–81) is considered one of the most beloved painters of the 17th–century Dutch “Golden Age,” well known for his lavish and detailed garment depictions in his genre and portrait paintings. Drawing inspiration from the fabulous attire in Gerard ter Borch’s paintings, design students will be given the opportunity to create fashions that include their modern interpretation of a ruff, or a common day ruffle.

Finalists will be judged in a fashion show juried by local fashion celebrities such as Susan Howes, fashion editor for HOUR Detroit and Cat Chow, internationally acclaimed designer. Prizes will be awarded to the top three designers, who will receive Haberman Fabrics gift certificates and DIA memberships. The grand-prize winner gets the chance to display and sell their garments in the Pure Detroit Design Lab, a clothing store in downtown Detroit.

Designs must be submitted for review by March 25.
The fashion show takes place on April 22.

The fashion show will be at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Rivera court.
The museum is located at 5200 Woodward, Detroit.

Designers should submit their fashions to Tracy Sellers in the DIA’s education department. She can be contacted by e-mail at, or by mailing to 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202.

More information is available online at

Located in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center, the DIA is owned by the City of Detroit and is recognized as one of the country's premier art museums. From the first van Gogh to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals, the DIA's collection reveals the scope and depth of human experience, imagination and emotion.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission is a donation. We recommend $4 for adults and $1 for children. DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313-833-7971.