Kathy Kasperovich-Knapp, of Belpre, received a first place award in wearable art at the 2012 National Quilting Association show in Columbus.
The title of her ensemble "Soo Smooth It's Criminal" represents her interpretation of Michael Jackon's "Smooth Criminal" music video as a piece of wearable art. The name of the outfit was chosen because everything from design to construction went precisely according to plan.
The ensemble includes a vintage 1940s suit and fedora hat which is reflected in an applique on the back of the jacket. A quilted evening bag was included along with a cuff bracelet as a feminine interpretation of his famous armband. The encrusted surface design included free motion quilting, hand beading, and abundant use of Swarovski crystals. The colors were chosen to represent the Jackson Five's Peacock Production Company from the early years.
Kathy Knapp with a Panda Bear (representing MJ’s song “Black or White” and wearing a matching vest constructed from leftover blocks from the original jacket).
The front view of “Soo Smooth It’s Criminal”
A back views of “Soo Smooth It’s Criminal”
Knapp created an earlier Michael Jackson ensemble entitled "Just Bead It" shortly after the artists' death representing a garment of mourning, whereas the more recent work is intended to be a celebration of his life. The ensembles share a similar peplum design and are intended to complement each other.