To Go: Dress Up Against AIDS: Condom Couture by Adriana Bertini, L.A.

Adriana Bertini is our new hero. The 35-year-old Brazilian artist takes thousands of quality-test-rejected condoms and turns them into beautiful dresses and skirts and suits (and sometimes even wedding gowns) with all the big, riotous color of some crazy street carnival. Inspired by the HIV-positive children she got to know while volunteering for an AIDS prevention group, Adriana has spent the last ten years creating the sculptural works that aim to convey her message that “condoms must be basic like a pair of jeans and so necessary like a great love.”
We’re sure that so many of Adriana’s garments would make for the most fabulous party frocks ever, but the dresses aren’t meant to be worn (except for in the occasional fashion show). Those in L.A., however, can admire one recent collection at “Dress Up Against AIDS: Condom Couture,” an exhibition running now through March 11 at UCLA’s Fowler Museum. Opening today (World AIDS Day, of course), the show features 14 of Adriana’s pieces, including these lovely things:
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As part of today’s opening of “Dress Up Against AIDS: Condom Couture by Adriana Bertini,” the Fowler Museum presents “Painting With Condoms” (a conversation with the artist) at 3 p.m. and “Pleasure…Little Treasure” (in which participants can create their own condom sculptures, with Adriana’s help) from 3:45-5 p.m. For more info, visit fowler.ucla.edu.