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Wrapped in Blue: Fashions to Promote Global Health

OPEN April 25 – August 20

The Brick Store Museum and Partners for World Health have collaborated on a new exhibition featuring the creativity of regional fashion designers while highlighting the beneficial work of PWM in the health and environmental arenas that impact all of us.

Partners for World Health (PWH) is based in Portland, Maine. The organization collects medical supplies and equipment from healthcare facilities, manufacturers, other organizations, and individuals. Next, they evaluate, repackage, and prepare these supplies and equipment for distribution to individuals, communities, and healthcare facilities in need both locally and internationally. Their work limits the impact on the environment by diverting discarded materials from landfills, lowers healthcare costs, and provides needed health care resources in the developing world.

Where does the fashion come in?

Blue Wrap Project Runway is from PWH’s annual fundraising gala. Blue Wrap is a polypropylene material used in all hospitals in the U.S. to sterilize equipment and is discarded after one use. For the fashion show, PWH reached out to local, national, and international designers to work with ‘Blue Wrap’ to create fantastic, whimsical and unique fashions. Designers face the challenge of working with a non-traditional material to create beauty from the discarded.  Usually, these fashions are shown for one night only.  Thanks to a partnership between the Brick Store Museum and Partner for World Health, this exhibition is an exclusive and up close look at just some of these beautiful fashions.

Exhibition supported by: