It all started when fashion designer Heidi Herrman spied an image of Kansas City’s majestic Art Deco Power and Light skyscraper while scrolling through photographer Steve Gibson’s Instagram feed.
“The filter he used looked very painterly and artistic,” Herrman recalls, “and I became inspired.”
Herrman’s studio is in the Crossroads Arts District, where every day she sees the familiar Moonliner II rocket atop the former TWA corporate headquarters. Subconsciously, she says, the iconic image—along with Gibson’s striking interpretation of the P&L building—sparked the idea of paying homage to Kansas City through fashion.
Designer: Heidi Herrman of Heidi Herrman | Photographer: Steve Gibson/Steve Gibson Photography | Milliner: Amina Hood/Amina Marie Millinery
Herrman and Gibson worked together for months, taking five recognizable KC icons and turning them into wearable art. He shot The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s famous “Shuttlecock” sculptures, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ soaring arches, the TWA rocket, the P&L building and the Western Auto sign. She transferred those images and handcrafted garments that rocked the runway at the West 18th Street Fashion Show in June.
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” — Coco Chanel
“The project has been fascinating,” Gibson says, “because I’ve spent lots of time elevating my photographs into something very artistic. The dresses are gorgeous.”
The duo pulled in Amina Hood, owner of Amina Marie Millinery, to pair her distinctive chapeaux with the dresses. The resulting collaboration is artful magic.
“The idea for using KC monuments that define our city was exciting,” Hood says. “Steve’s pictures and Heidi’s design and fabric spoke to me.”
The trio is hard at work bringing five more KC icons to life, set to debut at KC Fashion Week later this month. Among the creations: dresses with The Scout statue, Union Station and one of the city’s many fountains, accented by a Hood original.
“One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.” -Oscar Wilde
“It’s our ode to KC,” Herrman says.
And we want a front-row seat to this poetic display of art on the runway, please.
Hair: Kei’Shaun Redmond/KR Beauty Salon | Makeup: Ruth White/Ruth White Makeup Artistry
Tiffany Tran/Independent | Tiffany LaBrie/Talent Unlimited | Audrey White/Independent | Hailey Young/The Agency, Models and Talent | Hannah Hadnot/Voice &
To view Steve Gibson’s work, visit stevegibsonphotography.com.
For more information on Heidi Herrman’s collection, visit heidiherrman.com.
Go to aminamariemillinery.com to see Amina Hood’s custom hats.