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Photographs Courtesy of Clay Cook Photography and David Hernandez

KMAC Couture 2024: Art Walks the Runway

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KMAC Contemporary Art Museum, located in historic downtown on Museum Row is Louisville’s premier contemporary art museum. Through exhibitions, education, and outreach, KMAC works to connect people to art and creative practice. KMAC is where Art is the Big Idea and Craft is the Process.

KMAC Couture is a wearable art runway show presented as the signature fundraiser for KMAC that provides funding for the Museum’s education programs and exhibits. KMAC Couture launched in 2013 as a distinct fashion event that allowed KMAC to showcase its unique position as a contemporary art museum that celebrates ideas at the crossroads of art, craft, and design.

In recognition of the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2024, the 12th edition of KMAC Couture will honor one of Louisville’s most famous institutions and most notable traditions through the 2024 Theme: Runway for the Roses!

Some participants over the years have invented their own textiles and employed unconventional materials that help push the boundaries of wearability, constructing work that can be both costume and sculpture. Others have created fantastical garments with a more functional and durable quality, but that are likewise extraordinary in how they explore the range of possibilities for artistic expression through the items we wear,

KMAC Couture will return to Paristown for Runway for the Roses! The pre-show cocktail reception will be held under a tent covering Christy’s Garden and the runway show will take place in a structured tent along Brent Street on April 13th at 7:15 p.m.