Posted by: bschutzgruber | May 18, 2014

Samurai: Beyond the Armor Fashion Design Competition

Arriving early at the Detroit Institute of Arts for a talk ‘The Medieval Art of Swordplay’ by Jeffrey Forgeng who is the curator at the Higgins Armory Museum – Worcester Art Museum, I stumbled upon the creations by 10 local designers which had just dazzled the runway in an unusual fashion show at the DIA.  The fashion show was the culmination of a competition hosted by the DIA and Detroit Garment Group Guild (DG3), in which the designers were challenged to create outfits inspired by the DIA exhibition, Samurai: Beyond the Sword.  These garments were amazing!!!


I may have missed the formal runway show but being able to stand next to these exquisite garments afterward as the models moved about the sunlit Rivera Court….


To see them ‘up close’…. oh this was my lucky day!  Check out DG3’s site for photos of the all the entries.



  1. Reblogged this on czemke blog and commented:
    Thanks for posting Barbara. I am one of the fortunate designers that competed in the Beyond the Armor contest.

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