Lucky Lady, a beautiful 54” x 54” hand stitched silk scarf made its fashion debut at New York Fashion Week when it graced David Tupaz’ SS19 couture show. Upon the success of New York, Tupaz presented his designs in Las Vegaswith James Stanford's Shimmering Zen exhibition serving as the backdrop to the show..
The scarves are available for the holidays. Additional designs will be available soon.
Britney Spears made her solo debut, David Bowie his final public appearance and this year, David Tupazshowed his designs at Fashion Week at the Manhattan Center, an ornate, venue whose majestic, hand-painted ceiling provides a firmament for artists and patrons. A stage for opera, and later, vaudeville, the venue has continued with a range of music groups, not to mention the fashion show where Tupaz let loose with a parade of fashion gems. Inspired by Jim Stanford’s digital montage, Shimmering Zen, the designer transformed the modern and mystical mandalas into sensual, spiritual and wearable art. Like Indra’s Jewels, the Manhattan Center’s ceiling floated above the glowing models in David’s creations, soon to be viewed in Las Vegas and Palm Springs. We caught up with the designer in between shows. > Read More
David Tupaz’s Spring Summer 2019 collection looks to the arts and culture of Las Vegas, reflecting the bright neon lights and cosmopolitan glamour that is unique to the City as inspiration for his haute couture designs at Style Fashion Week New York, Los Angeles and Palm Springs.
One of the many elements of his inspiration for collection comes from James Stanford, a digital painter who transforms his iconic photographs of Las Vegas neon signs and architecture into sumptuous mandalas. Stanford’s artistic interpretation of Las Vegas inspired Tupaz to create designs that captures the beauty, elegance, and luxury through the City’s arts and culture.
David Tupaz’s SS19 collection will premiere on 6 September 2018 at 5:00 pm, EST, at Style Fashion Week in New York City.
Dates and times for Los Angles and Palms Springs TBA.
About David Tupaz
David Tupaz is an acclaimed fashion designer who moved his atelier to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2010. He is the only established "Industry and Couture" designer in Nevada. Representing Las Vegas in every major fashion industry events in the country. Such as New York Fashion Week, Los Angeles Fashion Week, Palm Springs Fashion Week, MFW Seattle, Portland's FashioNxt, Fashion Week Columbus, Runway St. Petersburg, Metropolitan Fashion Week Beverly Hills, Warner Bros. and many others. He founded the Las Vegas Fashion Design Council in 2011, a nonprofit organization to develop a local fashion industry to assist young designers in their creative growth thru workshops and educational programs. He was appointed in 2014 by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman to sit on the board of the Arts Commission for the City of Las Vegas. He is also the creative director/partner for Vegas Life TV, a television network in Las Vegas and a sister company of VAsian TV and ACTV (Asian Culture TV). Tupaz is a board of trustee for the Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization and also an advisory board for the Las Vegas Arts Institute. He is the Editor-In-Chief of Las Vegas Fashion magazine, L’Vegue.
About James Stanford
An international exhibiting artist, James Stanford studied painting at the University of Washington (MFA) and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) (BFA) and also practices photography, digital illustration and drawing. Dedicated to creativity and the fine arts, he has taught at UNLV and UW, established the Smallworks Gallery/Lost Vegas, and curated exhibitions at various venues, including the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center. Stanford also served as the Arts Commission Chairman of the City of Las Vegas and later President of the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center. Stanford’s recent exhibition at Asia Art in London and the release of his book, Shimmering Zen, at The London Library, to create new and innovative art. Due to the success of Shimmering Zen, he has further broadened the scope Smallworks Press, a small publishing company specializing in books on arts and culture. He currently lives and works in Las Vegas.
To create his re-imagined, contemporary mandalas, Stanford turns to the signs and symbols representing the deities of Las Vegas—casinos, hotels, and bars. He photographs their historic neon facades, and Googie architectural elements, cropping various bits and pieces from the photos, which he then uses as the building blocks for geometrically repeating patterns. The center dot for his compositions is not a deity, but rather a visualfocus point from whence the shapes, lines, colors, and patterns—building blocks of abstract art—evolve. Metaphorically, the images Stanford appropriates for these compositions relate back to a nostalgic starting point when his own life was beginning. By cropping and digitally altering the source photographs he is rearranging their essential elements, shattering them like jewels whose infinite shards now might reflect each other forever into time and space.