Maryland Institute College of Art graduate student Raymond Weilacher, 22, purposefully goes for a slightly more formal style than most of his peers. When he goes to an art opening- - as he did at Gallery CA -- he says he always wears a tie and jacket. "If it's one of my openings, I wear a suit," he says. However, not any suiting will do. Weilacher likes vintage American and Italian pieces that he finds in thrift stores, which is where he found almost everything he was wearing that night -- a turquoise dress shirt, Gucci tie, wine pinstriped black double-breasted Anthony's blazer, gray flannel Ralph Lauren Polo slacks and brown Florsheim Imperial shoes. His blue pocket square came from Bloomingdale's. As for his reasons for this style - "It is partially to differentiate myself," he says, "But, it's also to show respect for the people around me. I do video performance work that's humorous and sometimes a bit irreverent. So, this shows I'm taking things seriously."
Colby Ware, For The Baltimore Sun
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