By TERRI BRYCE REEVES, Editor
At 80 years old, designer Julian Hartzog still flaunts a great sense of humor, artistic eye, and genuine appreciation for the female form. Once again, he’ll be a featured designer at the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Wearable Art 13, a crazy, fun, and outrageous mashup of fashion, art and partying.
This year, he’s entering six brightly colored metal bathing suits and futuristic sunglasses, sun hats and beach bag.
“Also, I have a science fiction character in hot red made of metal which I named Hot Flash,” Hartzog said.
This will be the fifth year the Tarpon Springs resident is a featured designer for the show –it’s a role that has led him to the world stage.
For the past three years, the former electrical engineer and portrait painter
has entered the New Zealand, World of Wearable Art show – the biggest and most
prestigious worldwide. He’s done very well, winning the 2014 International Award for the Americas with his Girls in Ribbons entry. He won again in 2015 for his Starship Girl submission. Then in 2016, he nailed first place with his Come Fly with Me outfit in the Bizarre Bra Category. (Yes, that is a category!)
He’ll be entering Hot Flash this year in the New Zealand show since it has a Science
Fiction theme in their Costume and Film section. Designers for the movies and TV shows will be entering that category and Hartzog can’t wait to compete with them.
When he finishes making the metal bathing bikinis, he plans to parade the girls down
Clearwater Beach “just to see how much attention they get.”
Besides Hartzog’s collection, the art center’s Wearable Art Show 13 will feature
presentations by creatives Irina Bilka, Mark Byrne, Melissa Dolce, the Garden Fairies,
Johnny Hunt, Dacota Maphis, Lina Teixeira, and Sue Woodall-Metas — all crowned
by the hair and make-up artistry of Salon GW.
Be prepared to be amazed. Past years have produced designs fashioned from all sorts of unusual materials: raw meat, veggies, balloons, lamp shades and condoms.
Seating prices range from $55 to $95. You’ll want to score your tickets early if past years are any indication.
Feeling frugal? Party tickets are available for $10 and include admission to the pre- and post-parties with live music and costumed models. The Pre-Party will feature the dynamic duo, Spy on the Land, while the 2016 Best of the Bay winner, WAHH! will be bringing their world fusion weave of jazz, rock and funk to set the Post-Party on fire. Catch the runway
show on a huge video monitor with