Craft Alliance Maker's Ball

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, based in St. Louis, has been beautifying the Midwest with art since 1964. Its mission is to provide inspiration and education to artists, collectors, students, and the art-loving public through exhibitions, outreach, and classes. Their artists-in-residence work with a variety of mediums: clay, glass, fiber, metal, and wood. I especially like Figs and Ginger. In addition to an adorable name, the husband-and-wife team handcrafts whimsical, classy jewelry inspired by forests.
How cute is the bird family on this sterling silver necklace?
On Saturday 4/18/15, Craft Alliance celebrates the movers, shakers, crafters, and makers at The Makers Ball. According to the web site, the gala promises to be "a spectacular interactive event with surprises around every corner." In other words, it's gonna be crazy cool! Just check out these pics from past Craft Alliance Galas:
Look at the vintage silhouette, geometric pattern, and gorgeous earrings!
Photo c/o ALIVE Magazine
A bow tie and ruffles is bold for a man - and it totally works!
Photo c/o ALIVE Magazine
Polka dots were the perfect picks for the Dotted Ball.
Photos c/o ALIVE Magazine
That skirt!
This year, the theme and suggested attire is "crafty cocktail." Since that dress code isn't listed in the Urban Dictionary (yes, I checked LOL), I came up with my own definition:

  • Crafty Cocktail Attire [kraf-tee cock-tale ah-tie-yur] adj.: semi-formal outfit with an artistic, creative, or unique twist.

How to create that twist? Separates are a fresh alternative to a dress, but stick to dressy material like lace or sequins to keep your look gala-worthy. Chunky heels, especially in a bold color, are unexpected (and a bit more dance-friendly than stilettos). Add some jewels and a fun purse, and you're ready to party! Bonus style points for a statement accessory that pays homage to art. (How amazing is that Moschino art palette handbag?!)
Crafty Cocktails #1

How do you interpret crafty cocktail attire? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Also, If you can't make the gala, no worries. There are lots of ways you can support the St. Louis artistic community and Craft Alliance's mission - like making a donation, attending an event, or taking an awesome class. They even have free classes for families. Find out more right here.

Check back next week for my top picks for the Makers Ball Best Dressed List!


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