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Grace Alone

Wednesday, June 22 @ 12:30 pm Wednesday, July 6 @ 1:00 pm

Grace Alone, 2022 is an installation of two dresses designed by Paul Dillinger, VP – Head of Global Product Innovation and part of the design team at Levi Strauss & Company. He has generously loaned Grace Cathedral 2 gowns made from polyester taffeta, silk taffeta, and braided nylon, and both represent the flags used by the LGBTQ+community to express solidarity and pride. This installation is part of the celebration of Pride month here at Grace Cathedral.
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Event Details

The installation will reside in the AIDS Interfaith Chapel for the majority of the time with the exception of Friday, June 24 as it will be displayed in the Nave for Ambient Grace performance.

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Paul Dillinger

Both gowns reference flags used by the LGBTQ+ community to express solidarity and pride: Gilbert Baker’s 1979 “Rainbow Flag” and Monica Helms 1999 ‘Transgender Pride Flag.’ Neither dress is faithful to its source. They both interpret and modify the colors and meanings of the original flags’ design.” celebration of Pride month here at Grace Cathedral.”
Read more about the dresses.

About Paul Dillinger

Paul Dillinger is VP – Head of Global Product Innovation and part of the design team at Levi Strauss & Company.  Following his passion for sustainability, Dillinger has been an integral partner with the company’s Social and Environmental Sustainability group, developing front-end methods for applied sustainability in the design process.  

Dillinger led the design team that created Levi’s WELLTHREAD® – an experimental collection focused on sustainable innovation – through his fellowship with the Aspen Institute. Paul was also responsible for the design and execution of Project Jacquard, a wearable technology collaboration between Levi’s and Google’s Advanced Technologies and Projects laboratory.    

Before joining Levi’s in 2010, Paul worked as a fashion designer and brand development specialist for 16 years at a variety of fashion houses in New York, including Calvin Klein and DKNY. Paul was appointed faculty at the Sam Fox School of Visual Arts and Design at Washington University in St. Louis and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, California College of the Arts, and Clark Atlanta University.   

Dillinger received his BFA in fashion design from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation, he moved to Milan, Italy as the first Fulbright Scholar in the field of fashion design where he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Domus Academy.  Paul has lectured and exhibited internationally, and his work is in the permanent collections of The Design Museum, London, and The Cooper-Hewitt – Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City.