Jocelyn Doll/Revelstoke Review Allison, has a workshop upstairs in her house in the Big Eddy but is also soon to be opening Big Eddy Glassworks, is in Italy to model her glass creation in a fashion show for the Glass Art Society Conference.

Revelstokian headed to Venice to model her glass outfit

On Tuesday Leah Allison is flying to Italy to model a two piece outfit that she made out of glass.

The event is the final bash of the Glass Art Society conference and the runway is the canals of Murano, an island just off the coast of Venice. There will be more than 1,500 people attending.

Allison will be riding in a boat down the canals in nearly 20 pounds of glass, some of which looks like icicles and tinkles like wind chimes.

“Typically [the fashion shows] are big, like over 100 people, and this time there is only 30 people,” she said. “Most of them are Italian designers…I’m stoked/terrified about being in the same boats as them.”

Photos of the outfit are strictly under wraps until the show on May 19, but the theme is Venetian glass.

“I’ll just be like a deconstructed chandelier,” she said, having pulled inspiration from the well-known, elaborate and over-the-top Venetian-style chandeliers.

Allison has been working on the costume for months. Hand crafting each piece and stitching it together using creative bases like hand strainers from a Chinese restaurant supply store.

“There was a lot of times where I made it and I was like ‘this is awesome’ and then I was like ‘ugh it’s not’,” she recalled with a laugh. “I had to take the whole thing apart more than once.”

Though some designers will have others model their work, Allison will be wearing her own piece.

“I just thought, ‘I put so much work into it I want to wear it’,” she said.

This is the third costume and third time Allison is participating in the fashion show. The first was outfit all pink and black, which matched her hair at the time.

“The first one is pretty skimpy because the criteria back then was basically 50 per cent glass and my time sort of ran out so my costume is quite small,” she said.

The second she had two years to work on. It has more of an evening gown look to it and is black and gold.

“Of course one week before I was like ‘I’m not finished, this is horrible’,” she recalled. “Artists are really hard one themselves.”

For Allison working with glass is almost a higher calling.

“The glass is like a magic substance, molten glass, you can make it into so many things,” she said. “You need lots of skill and you need lots of patience and it’s just, it either gets you or it doesn’t.”

The first time she opened the door to an oven and felt the 2,500 degree Fahrenheit heat she said to herself ‘I will be tough enough to do this one day’ and now after working at the glass blowing studio in Invermere for a few years, she and her husband are setting up a glass blowing studio in Revelstoke called Big Eddy Glassworks.

Allison said they hope to have it open this summer, after they come back from their vacation in Italy.

The Sunday before leaving town, Allison was putting the finishing touches on her headpiece and worrying about how the costume was going to survive the trip but she was also excited to go to the place where glass blowing originated as well as honoured to be included in the fashion show.


 

@JDoll_Revy
jocelyn.doll@revelstokereview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Jocelyn Doll/Revelstoke Review Allison participated in the fashion show for the Glass Art Society Conference in 2016 in Corning, New York, wearing this dress that she created which is made of 50 per cent glass.

Leah Allison, who has a workshop upstairs in her house in the Big Eddy but is also soon to be opening Big Eddy Glassworks, is in Italy to model her glass creation in a fashion show for the Glass Art Society Conference. Photo by Jocelyn Doll/Revelstoke Review

Just Posted

In photos: The 27th Annual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival

Images from Friday evening and Saturday at the festival grounds.

Summerland cannabis shop receives approval in principle

Inspection now required before Green Gaia may sell cannabis

North Okanagan-Shuswap Liberal candidate responds to Trudeau ethics report

Prime Minister’s immediate response to commissioner’s findings appreciated

Shuswap tow truck operator sees high number of collisions this summer

Drivers encouraged to “loosen up behind the wheel, smarten up and read the road”

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Retrieved body from Okanagan Lake identified as missing kayaker

Zygmunt Janiewicz had been missing since May and was recovered Aug. 10

Paddleboard festival coming soon to Kalamalka Lake

Wildfire smoke got in the way of last year’s event, but conditions look better this summer

Most Read