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Samurai-inspired Outfits to be on view in Tri-County Locations as part of Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Garment Group Guild Fashion Design Contest

Thursday, April 03, 2014

 Ten local designers will display their creations based on the DIA exhibition Samurai: Beyond the Sword
Contact: Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899 
(Detroit)—Ten local fashion designers are busy putting the final touches on their samurai-inspired creations, entries into a contest hosted by the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and the Detroit Garment Group Guild (DG3) inspired by the exhibition Samurai: Beyond the Sword, on view through June 1 at the DIA. 

“Beyond the Armor” challenges designers to create a complete outfit based on artworks in the exhibition, and limited only by each person’s imagination. The finished ensembles will be displayed for one week in each of three tri-county locations: April 21–27, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, 6777 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield; April 28–May 4, Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Rd., Warren; and May 5–12, IKEA, 41640 Ford Rd., Canton .

The public is invited to vote for their favorite outfit, either at the community venues, or online, beginning April 21 at The winning design will be announced at a fashion show at the DIA on Saturday, May 17 that begins at noon. The contestants are blogging and posting videos of their experiences, which can be found at

The fashion designers are:

  • Narjes Almajidi          Detroit, Wayne State University student
  • Janna Coumoundouros  Clawson, Lilacpop Studio
  • Loren D. Jordan Southfield, LOJO
  • Sarah Lapinski          Detroit, Wound Menswear LLC
  • Bonnie Pearce        Northville, College for Creative Studies student
  • Kelly Sager        Ann Arbor, Kelly Lynne
  • Bridget Sullivan Grosse Pointe Farms, Bridget Sullivan Designs
  • Lena Harbali        Ann Arbor, Eastern Michigan University student
  • Deanna Zapico Troy, Deanna Zapico
  • Cheryl Zemke       Riverview, C. Creations, Riverview

“Beyond the Armor” is the third edition of the museum’s “DIA Inspired” program, which asks people to use the museum as a source of inspiration and to create works of art based on what they see.

DG3 is a nonprofit that provides education and opportunities for Detroit’s fashion community and beyond. Educational programming ranges from an annual fashion conference focused on the business of fashion to an industrial-sewing certification program, coming this fall. For more information about DG3, visit

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.