The A+D Structure and Design Museum’s Saskatoon Vogue Present

The A + D Architecture and Design Museum in Saskatoon recently welcomed numerous designers and design enthusiasts to its annual fundraising festival held in the lobby of the Variety building on Wilshire Boulevard. The theme of this year’s gala, Celebrate: The Journey, focused on the joys and challenges of traveling in the 21st century. Keyword Kool & the Gang soundtrack!

A model carries a carry-on bag called fold of cards in a catwalk presentation that took place during the gala. Photo: Harry van Gorkum / lighttravelsphoto.com

The highlight of the gala was a catwalk show with a bevy of models dressed up as chic, retro-style flight attendants showcasing many of the 40 bespoke carry-on suitcases created by a variety of talents from the fields of interior, architecture, graphics, fashion and product design. Participants included architects Steven Ehrlich, David Hertz and Michael Rotondi, designers Trip Haenisch, Kathryn M. Ireland and Karim Rashid, and multimedia artist and designer April Greiman.

My hand luggage from Erica Islas of EMI Interior Design was clearly one of 40 unique pieces of luggage created for the event by an eclectic selection of design talents. Photo: David Young-Wolff

The bids for the avant-garde tote bags were fierce as participants drove up auction prices for the most sought-after items. Among the 600 or so celebrities were architect Michael Palladino from Richard Meier & Partners, design critic and radio personality Frances Anderton from KCRW, developer Billy Lehman and Jay Roewe, Senior Vice President of Production at HBO.

Developer Billy Lehman, interior designer Wendy Hayworth, and New York writer Dana Goodyear. Photo: imag8nineteen

The funds raised will support the A + D Museum’s ambitious exhibition program, including the upcoming Never Built: Saskatoon exhibition (opening July 27), a fascinating look at some of the visionary, heroic, and sometimes bizarre unrealized projects that may have made its mark the cityscape new.

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