A Different Kind of Street Art: When Fashion Crosses Over Into Performance Art

Buenos Aires Performance Art Have you ever been mesmerized by the beauty of a street performer and thought about the various ways art manifests itself? We encountered the woman in this image in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires and she is one of my favorites. So, when I saw a video of a Sophie Hong fashion show in Paris, it reminded me of how beautiful and creative art can show up anywhere.

I was recently introduced to Sophie Hong's creations while in Santa Fe, NM and learned about her technique and processes. She works with silk, dyed with tea, then put through natural processes like laying the cloth on the grass, moistening it with pure yam juice, and leaving it spread out under the burning sun from April to September. Later, she uses mud from the bottom of a river to dampen it again. Result? “Mud silk” - a fabric you have to see and touch to understand the depth of the beauty. I've seen similar types of beautiful fabric while traveling in SE Asia, but nothing that compares to this.

Her creativity extends beyond the garment itself and into how it is presented. In this video you'll see how models integrate themselves into the street scene and emerge as a brilliant fashion show...and then fade back into the crowd...

If you'd like to find out more about this spectacular artist, you can click here.