Thomas Horst of Kent, a kindergarten through fifth-grade art teacher at Mound Elementary School in Cleveland, will host a Felted Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University, in the auditorium, located at East Main and South Lincoln streets in Kent. The 45-minute show will display 29 different felted dresses, worn by various models including Cleveland municipal school students and teachers.
Creating his own designs, using numerous techniques to create seamless layers of felt from hand carded wool, Horst has patterned the wool and other mediums into the dresses to be modeled at the show, which will be the culmination of his masters thesis.
He describes his Net Dress as a wedding dress, due to its sheer beauty, draping floor-length skirt, back-lacing, and conforming shape to the body. It is made of a white wool and has an overlay of handmade netting.
Another of his pieces called Consumption is made of more than 1,800 chicken bones and Marino wool. It took more than a year to create, gathering enough chicken bones, bleaching them and creating the final product.
Jessica Horst models the Net Dress, one of 29 different felted designs, created by Thomas Horst of Kent, whose masters thesis will be presented in a fashion show at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University, in the auditorium.