Style Stories Boutique to make Arlington debut after virus threat
UPDATED, March 13: Wearable art for every day, with an emphasis on sustainable fashion, will be the focus of a new pop-up boutique at Artbeat was to start Sunday, March 15. But it has been postponed in the light of the coronavirus.
Award-winning fashion designer Queen Allotey-Pappoe has a unique approach to color, style and sustainable fashion based on African textiles. The boutique will feature her Queen Adeline brand of dresses, tops and accessories, along with personal styling service and a series of hands-on workshops.
Queen is originally from Accra, Ghana, where her richly patterned, one-of-a-kind fabrics are designed and made from 100-percent cotton. When she first came to the United States, Queen lived in East Arlington, and started her family here before moving to Littleton.
Now the mother of three, Queen works from her studio/showroom in the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell.
Her clothing is sewn in small batches here and in Ghana, and rendered in timeless silhouettes in order to reduce waste in the production process and in her customers’ closets.
Style Stories kicks off March 15 with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet Queen and learn about the inspirations behind some of her signature pieces.
What's on tap
Join a “StyleVersation” workshop on Tuesday, March 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. "Style: A Deeper Sense of Self" explores ways participants can find their voice and authentic powerful self in a world of quick-moving trends and fast fashion.
On Wednesday through Friday, March 18 through 20, Queen will offer free personal styling consultations from 11 a.m. tyo 2 p.m., showing how to incorporate color and wearable art into existing wardrobes.
A multigenerational event will take place on Saturday, March 21, from noon to 5 p.m., when all are invited to craft African rag dolls using ends and leftover pieces of fashion fabric. Doll making is a very personal experience and offers an opportunity to bond with others while bringing ones own style and quirkiness to the project.
Finally, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Queen will host "Hello Color!" The headwrap and scarf party aims to help participants learn simple ways of incorporating color into their wardrobe and the art of tying their own headwraps and scarves.
Artbeat (www.artbeatonline.com) is a gallery and pop-up space that is also home to the Creative Adventures walk-in art studio. It is at 212A Mass. Ave., near the Capitol Theatre in Capitol Square.
Jan. 12, 2020: Walk-in studio opens in Artbeat space
This news announcement was published Tuesday, March 10, 2020, and updated March 13.