Listen to the interview here.
I remember when I first moved to New York in 1986. A band of Portland ex-pats marched me down to the Lower East Side. We hung out at The Hat, read our poems and showed our art at ABCNoRio and gawked in homage at Mary Adams The Dress, a storefront of nothing but. Her venture of the most elegant in dresses in a not-so-elegant part of town really impressed me.
Talk about commitment. Plus Mary was a homegirl, went to the U of O, was one of us.
Even if you go to her website today, you might see words like “Bits and Pieces” and think, oh, she’s showing separates here. But no, it’s all about the dress, the dress, the dress. She never veered nor swayed.
Mary Adams has a new book called The Party Dress which actually shows you, step by step, how to make something like what she makes. AND she’s town, making an appearance at Powell’s today! She’ll also be my guest on Art Focus this Tuesday, the 18th. Her dresses truly are works of art.