Project Artscape


Get ready for an electrifying showcase of emerging and professional designers at Artscape! Through an exclusive runway experience, we’re set to unveil their cutting-edge designs. Our mission? To elevate the Baltimore fashion community, offering a golden chance to present their talents to a wider, captivated audience. Don’t miss this momentous event!

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is thrilled to announce
the return of the wildly successful Project Artscape to this year’s 40th edition of the festival. Twelve
Baltimore-based designers were selected to participate in Project Artscape Fashion Weekend, which will take place on Friday–Sunday, August 2–4, at The Garage, 6 E. Lafayette Ave. The weekend kicks off Friday evening from 5:00–9:00 p.m. with an industry panel discussion featuring The Baltimore Met Gala, Baltimore Fashion Week and other leading artist and organizations in the city. Then, six of the designers will present on Saturday, and six will present on Sunday. The selected 2024 Project Artscape designers are:

Earle Bannister

E. Bannister Couture

Earle Bannister, a Washington, DC native raised in Capitol Heights, MD, is the creative force behind E. Bannister Couture and E. Bannister Menswear. Located in Baltimore City, his studio offers a range of services including professional garment alterations, bespoke suits, gowns, dresses, coats, shirts, and curtains crafted to perfection

Eryn Boggs

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Designer Eryn Boggs finds inspiration in fashion history, architecture, global travels, and pop culture for her bold and progressive creations. Her regal yet sharp aesthetic has made waves at New York Fashion Week, DC Fashion Week, and Miami Swim Week, with features in top fashion publications and international film.

Natalie Karyl

Ragdolls Couture

The style and aesthetic of Ragdolls Couture is casual chic, every day couture, through our use of sustainable fashion, re-creating, usual pieces into wearable art . We also create ready to wear garments with our statement and exclusive patterns, allowing our clients to wear from work to play with a simple change of jackets, pants and shift dresses.

Brandi Lewis

Syeko Design House

Brandi Lewis began her career in Fashion and Styling in 2003 while attending the Art Institute Of Philadelphia. Her concept “Syeko”, is best described as Striking Art and Sustainable Garments that are inspired by God, Glam and Extreme Art. The brand embodies Avant Garde concepts and sartorial extremes.

Syeko Design House is the evolution of an emerging new category of repurposed, sustainable, custom garments and accessories made for the fashion forward client.

Van Mac-Henry

Van Man

African-raised designer Vanessa Mac-Henry was first introduced to fashion when her mother taught her to develop a personal style. Studying art first at Howard community college, she developed artistic skills in oil painting, wheel throwing, and drawing during that time.

Her senior year collection, Revolt for Fall 2018, won Best in Design and Craftsmanship.

Vanessa is extending her skills and practice in machine knitting, draping, tailoring, technical design, and pattern making.

Nicole Moan

Moan Inc

Nicole Moan is an Oklahoma based artist known for her beautiful tile mural work and her Ceramic Corsets. Her corsets have been featured on Netflix’s Selling Sunset, the 2024 Golden Globes red carpet, and Runway’s throughout the southwest, including Dallas Fashion week and The Nicole Moan experience at the Oklahoma Museum of Art. She recently finished a tile mural, for Oklahoma City Library Systems, she worked on with her daughter Aztrid Moan and is preparing to work on a painted mural for Sunny Days mural project as well as a tile mural for (Oklahoma League of the blind).

Evette Monique

Evette Monique Couture

Evette Monique, a visionary visual artist, seamlessly merges her love for art and fashion to produce avant-garde garments for high-fashion runways and editorial photography. She utilizes unconventional, sustainable materials alongside everyday fabrics in her creations

Abisola Oladeinde

Yelé

Abisola Yelé Oladeinde, the creative force behind Yele LLC, seamlessly blends African heritage with modern design in luxury fashion. With roots in Lagos, Nigeria, and now thriving in Baltimore, Maryland, Yelé crafts precise and artfully unique pieces using traditional Batik Adire techniques. Her creations tell powerful stories of empowerment and heritage, earning her recognition in Visa’s “She’s Next in Fashion” program. Witness her fusion of tradition and innovation at the upcoming show.

Sehar Perzada

Urban Masala

Sehar Peerzada’s Urban Masala offers clothing inspired by traditional cultures, featuring hand block printed designs and unique embellishments. Each piece is a signed, one-of-a-kind wearable art treasure. Urban Masala has made appearances at prestigious events like New York Fashion Week and Virginia Fashion Week, gaining recognition in fashion magazines and blogs nationwide. Formerly available at boutiques and department stores like Nordstrom, Sehar Peerzada’s creations can now be found online and at select juried events.

Iliana Quander

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Iliana Quander, an independent clothing designer and artist now based in Baltimore, creates unique, custom clothing for women. Her designs are showcased in NYC at Sohung Designs and other boutiques, as well as at BAV in Atlantic City. With an extensive background in sustainable fashion, Iliana has presented her work at various events in NYC and was featured in the film “SustainUp” by Dr. Iris Mohr. She has also served as Sustainability Director for FWBK and participated in the Baltimore Natural Dye Project. An experienced arts educator, Iliana specializes in visual art, sewing, sustainable design, and clothing reconstruction, with a successful freelancing career for high-end clients in the fashion and entertainment industry.

Marilyn Walker

Afrocentric by Marie Francis Designs

Dr. Marilyn, owner of MFD Fashion Boutique and Marie Francis Designs, creates fashion for free-spirited individuals of all backgrounds. Inspired by global cultures, her designs blend influences from Africa, India, Asia, London, Europe, and the Caribbean. With a passion for self-expression through fashion, Marilyn believes in the transformative power of personal style. She values fit, personality, confidence, and attitude in fashion, aiming to create a unique and empowering experience for each client. Marilyn’s ultimate joy is seeing individuals embrace their style with confidence, creating their own fashion story.

Project Artscape is grateful for the support and collaboration of the 2024 Project Artscape adjudicators —
Jeff Butler, Founder and Director of Jazzy Studios and Director of Photography for the Baltimore Met
Gala; Rick Davy, Founder and Director of Fashion Week Brooklyn; Sally DiMarco, established fashion
designer, educator, and author who founded Baltimore City Community College’s Fashion Department;
Victoria Pass, Fashion Historian and Associate Professor at Maryland Institute College of Art; and Sharon
Nixon, Creator and Director of Baltimore Fashion Week; Bridgette Artiste, Creator and Director of
Sustainable Fashion Week U.S. and her team; and the staff at the Walters Art Museum.

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