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Artpod: Art & Fashion

A view of the planned Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.
Photo courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.
A view of the planned Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

Today’s Artpod is all art and fashion. There’s even a guest celebrity of sorts. (Hint: "Make it work!") You can listen to the podcast here.

We'll talk with Michael Rush, the founding director of the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

Plus, we'll meet the man behind Motor City Denim and hear why an auto supplier is now getting ready to make jeans. According to a press release from the company, the line "will begin arriving in stores in early 2011."

In a related article, Model D Media spoke to Motor City Denim's Joe Faris about his decision to manufacture his  fashion line in Detroit:

Faris says staying in the Detroit area was essential to creating his own line of clothing. "I was at the point where it was now or never," he says. "I just decided to focus on this and try to do it here." His goal is to build up Motor City Denim Co., to eventually make it an international company, while capitalizing on the mystique surrounding Detroit. "We are an industrial town," he says. "We get things done. The auto industry being so prevalent here, we have reach all over the world. I want to incorporate our spirit in jeans." "I think I really captured that with this collection," he continues. "Denim, dresses, corsets, denim and leather mixtures -- I'm taking the area as an inspiration, as an influence on my design work."

Jennifer is a reporter for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and was one of the lead reporters on the award-winning education series Rebuilding Detroit Schools. Prior to working at Michigan Radio, Jennifer lived in New York where she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in the Bronx.
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