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Bedford resident's clothing displayed as fine art

Amy Sullivan of Bedford is one of 31 fashion-design students whose work is featured at a Manhattan gallery in an exhibit called "Organic Matter: Woven Artwear by Pratt Fashion."

"Organic Matter" opened last week and runs through Tuesday at the Ralph Pucci Gallery Nine, located at 44 West 18th St.

Sullivan and 30 fellow Pratt Institute students were challenged to rethink the form, function and design of knitwear as fine art and provided with neutral-colored yarn. Sullivan created a one-shoulder, asymmetrical, crocheted dress with sculptural forms on the skirt.

Like the other designs, the dress is displayed on one of Pucci International's matte-grey fashion mannequins.

According to her website,, Sullivan studied photography at the School for Visual Arts in New York City before enrolling at Pratt, also located in Manhattan. Her biography on the site also says she was exposed to a variety of artistic media from an early age, including painting, photography, ceramics and fashion design.


Sullivan's approach to her work, according to the website, combines unexpected textures and concepts to create her fashions, fine art, mixed media works and photography, all while focusing on such topics as anatomy, historical events and psychology.

More than 90 projects were considered for "Organic Matter," which offered Pratt students an opportunity to create artwork for a commercial gallery.

The exhibit is a partnership between Pratt Institute and Ralph Pucci International, the mannequin, lighting, furniture and sculpture company.

Pucci, a Pratt trustee, worked with Pratt fashion chairman Jennifer Minniti and assistant professor Susan Cianciolo to select the top 31 projects.

Other projects on display include a knit corset and crocheted mesh shrug dipped in beeswax; a large-gauge knit T-shirt made of panty hose, and a knit skirt with leather suspenders; a crocheted coat featuring a stuffed-dog doll collar; and a caged, sphere headpiece and skirt with a crocheted body suit.

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