Fashion As Art


Fashion As Art


Launched in 2019, Fashion As Art is an annual event series engaging the community with art, fashion, and The Fralin. In partnership with the museum’s Volunteer Board, local businesses, and student groups, the events not only grow awareness of the museum’s mission and programming, but also showcase the depth and breadth of artists and designers from our area and beyond.

To highlight the Spring 2024 exhibitions at The Fralin Museum of Art, the Fashion As Art 2024 program seeks to grow awareness and appreciation for Indigenous artists and designers and their impact on the fashion world.

Events and Programs

April 4 | Raffle Opens

Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100.

Purchase tickets here!

We are excited to host a raffle for this one-of-a-kind bracelet designed and created by Lee Angelo Marraccini of Angelo Jewelry, one of our Fashion As Art 2024 sponsors.  This piece, from Mr. Marraccini’s Sacred Geometry Series, is made from Red Jasper, Rainbow Jasper, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, and 18K Yellow Gold.  It is valued at $4,200.  All proceeds from this raffle will benefit The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

Bracelet made from made from Red Jasper, Rainbow Jasper, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, and 18K Yellow Gold.



Pop-up boutique in the Kluge-Ruhe gift shop featuring a wide selection of garments (while supplies last).


April 16 | Indigenous Australian Art Takes the Runway

Digital program hosted by Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

7-8 pm | Virtual | Register here.


April 18 | Keynote Speaker and Reception

6 pm | Talk | Register here.

Hunter Smith Band Building

180 Culbreth Road

7-9 pm | VIP reception, by invitation only

Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) 

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Innovative. Eco-Friendly. Avant-garde. Distinctive. Fashion-Forward. Organic. Unique. Leader. Showstopper. You may think you know her from Project Runway, but there is so much more to learn about and from this dynamic designer.


April 19 | Charlottesville Events & Programs

Hamilton's | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm and 4-8 pm

101 West Main Street

A special fashion-themed menu for lunch and dinner with 10% of sales going to The Fralin.

Caspari | 5-7 pm

100 West Main Street

A reception featuring tablescapes inspired by Annie Temmink, designer of wearable art headpieces.


Also, visit our other Charlottesville sponsors:

Angelo Jewelry | 10 am - 5 pm

220 East Main Street

Arsenic and Old Lace | 11 am - 6 pm

105 1st Street Street

Natalie Dressed | 10 am - 5:30 pm

1051 Millmont Street


April 20 | Gordonsville Events & Programs

Laurie Holladay | 11 am

123 S Main Street

Talk by jewelry designer, Gabriel Ofiesh

Gabriel will be displaying his jewelry between 10 am and 4 pm.

Cavallo | 12:30 pm

117 S Main Street

Artist talk by fashion illustrator Luis Sandino.

Annie Gould Gallery | 2 pm

109 S Main Street

Artist talk by Lisa Baird and Lisa Ashley.

Posh | 10 am - 4 pm

107 S Main Street

Felting artist Betty Loving

Tess & Co. Jewelers | 10 am - 4 pm

111 S Faulconer Street

Thank You to Our Generous Partners 

Angelo Jewelry

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The Fralin Museum of Art Volunteer Board

UVA Arts Council

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Gladys S. Blizzard Endowed Lecture Fund


Tom & Rebecca L’Ecuyer

Technical Designer

Annie Gould

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Design Apprentice

Arsenic & Old Lace

Cavallo Gallery & Custom Framing

Hamiltons’ at First & Main

Keep an eye on this webpage and The Fralin’s social media channels for updates.

For more information, updates, or to join The Fralin, please contact us at [email protected].

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