Friday afternoon we joined forces with some local media and Spoleto apprentices to judge the annual window display contest. Every year, local shop owners have the opportunity to participate in the event, which invites them to design a window display based on the official poster or one of the festival productions.
Although there’s been some controversy surrounding this year’s poster, Maya Lin’s excavation of two atlas pages, over 20 local retailers embraced the design and crafted creative displays inspired by it. Well ... most of them were creative. A few of the participants did little more than hang the poster in their window. Others, however, obviously spent a lot of time planning and executing their displays.
Some stand-outs included Nancy’s, which created skirts out of the posters and put them on mannequins. Similarly (but even more impressive), last year’s winner Mary Porter created a stunning gown out of the poster and light blue paper. Luna hung state-shaped cut-outs created from the Spoleto catalog — a nod to the atlas. And Bob Ellis drew inspiration from Cinderella (presented by Italy’s Colla Marionette Company) with colorful marionettes and plenty of amazing shoes in the windows. Hampden Clothing was another stand-out, with three outfits representing three different kinds of artists, with the overall idea that fashion itself is an artform.
Keep your eye out for the displays when you’re strolling downtown this weekend, and stay posted for the winner’s announcement next week.