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What is wearable? Exhibit pushes boundaries on clothing, art

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/17/2017 By TRACEE M. HERBAUGH, Associated Press
In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 photo, a piece entitled "Inkling" by Gillian Saunders is seen as part of The “WOW - World of Wearable Art” show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) © The Associated Press In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 photo, a piece entitled "Inkling" by Gillian Saunders is seen as part of The “WOW - World of Wearable Art” show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Art and fashion are colliding in this weekend's U.S. premiere of an unusual exhibition in Massachusetts.

In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 photo, a woman examines a piece entitled "Lady Curiosity" by Fifi Colston, which is part of The “WOW - World of Wearable Art” show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) © The Associated Press In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 photo, a woman examines a piece entitled "Lady Curiosity" by Fifi Colston, which is part of The “WOW - World of Wearable Art” show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The "WOW — World of Wearable Art" show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem features outfits you might expect to see in Lady Gaga's closet.

In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 photo, a piece entitled "Hermecea" by Jan Kerr is seen as part of The “WOW - World of Wearable Art” show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) © The Associated Press In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 photo, a piece entitled "Hermecea" by Jan Kerr is seen as part of The “WOW - World of Wearable Art” show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

There's a flamingo pink frock made of Fiberglas, a one-piece wooden replica of Notre Dame Cathedral, and 30 other wild and whimsical ensembles.

In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 photo, a piece entitled "American Dream" by Sarah Thomas is seen as part of The “WOW - World of Wearable Art” show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) © The Associated Press In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 photo, a piece entitled "American Dream" by Sarah Thomas is seen as part of The “WOW - World of Wearable Art” show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Coordinating curator Lynda Roscoe Hartigan says the show is intended to push the boundaries of both clothing and artwork.

The wearable art on display originated in New Zealand, which has been staging the eclectic design competition for nearly three decades.

"WOW — World of Wearable Art" opens Saturday and runs through June 11.

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