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Posted at 1:06 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Something for the weekend: Pop-up fashion and art at Garment District

By Lavanya Ramanathan

Craig Kraft's neon light sculpture will welcome visitors to Garment District, a pop-up shop and gallery that opens on Seventh Street NW on Friday. (Photos by Lavanya Ramanathan - The Washington Post)

Have we had enough of pop-up restaurants, galleries and boutiques yet?

The latest temp-o-rama might just get you excited again. The Garment District, a venture that mixes a gallery, fashion retail space, music and workshops, has settled into a vast, raw space in Shaw once used as campaign headquarters by a few D.C. candidates.

At 1005 Seventh St. NW, the two-floor space is new neighbors with some favorite hot spots: the Passenger, the Warehouse, Civilian Art Projects and Bar 7. But thanks to the blink-and-it's-gone principle of pop-ups, it's there for just one month.

The Garment District officially opens Saturday, though you can get a sneak peek Friday at Light It Up, a bash that marks the opening at 1005 Seventh and also takes over Lux a few doors down with some of the city's revered DJs (Stereofaith, Keenan Orr, Chris Nitti, Trevor Martin and Ratt Moze) and a cash bar. (Sadly, 1005 Seventh doesn't have a liquor license.) The $10 donation will get you into both locations; proceeds go to running the space.

After Friday, getting into the Garment District is free; like any shop or gallery, it will keep set hours, till 9 p.m. most nights, through March 20. Bands will play on Fridays and Saturdays; sewing workshops are also on tap.


A view of the first floor, where bands will play and sewing workshops will take place.

I dropped by to check out the space, organized by Jackie Hart of Singa and Alexander M. Padro of Shaw Main Streets to showcase the neighborhood and local artists and designers. Decimated sheetrock and exposed brick was the perfectly grungy backdrop for sculptures by AnaMarie Paredes, photographs by Gabriel Mellan and light sculpture by Craig Kraft. Even more exciting was the fact that it wasn't the same artists who seem to show up so often on the art-party circuit (for this you can credit curator Brandon Wetherbee).

As for fashion, I could peek in at what wasn't in garment bags and boxes, and saw quirky-twee jewelry by Rachel Pfeffer, a few denim and leopard-print purses, a silk & lambskin dress by Saint Chic, fuschia and orange capelets by Imani Danali, and stone necklaces by Ai'Kan. Yes, it's accessories-heavy. Items will run from the very affordable to about $300. The good news: They take plastic.


Cool on wheels: A ring by Rachel Pfeffer, modeled by Rosanne Ferruggia, the event's manager.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | February 18, 2011; 1:06 PM ET
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