Innovative Materials, Digitized Prints and Eco-Friendly Fabrics Highlighted by Drexel Students in Annual Fashion Show
May 21, 2012
Student Nicole Parisi's swimwear line was featured in last year's fashion show
The Fashion and Design & Merchandising programs at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will host their annual fashion show Saturday, June 2. Thirty-three senior and graduate collections from the fashion design program hit the runway at 4 and 8 p.m. at the Urban Outfitters Corporate Headquarters (5000 S. Broad St).
The show features eveningwear, women’s wear, menswear, sportswear, swimwear, children’s wear, lingerie and more. Student work is inspired by a spectrum of influences, including medieval armor, the life of Marilyn Monroe, Carnevale di Venezia, shattered glass, urban explorers, steam punk, skiwear and human anatomy. Fashion design students begin the research for their collections in the fall and spend the next seven months creating pieces that bring their vision to life. Each student illustrates and creates the patterns and final garments, often using couture techniques.
The annual fashion show highlights the works of the graduating fashion design class. Tickets are $30 for the 4 p.m. show and $50 for the 8 p.m. show and available at www.drexel.edu/westphal. A reception will follow the 8 p.m. show. All production aspects are handled by Design & Merchandising students including run of show, model dressing, marketing and public relations, box office administration and front of house operations.
Student collections will be eligible for awards from Neiman Marcus, Abercrombie & Fitch, Stores at King of Prussia, Carole Hochman, Evelyn Netsky, Destination Maternity, Joan Shepp, Dick Blick, John Wind and Jaeyoon Jeong.
Judges for this year’s fashion show include : Missy Dietz, Neiman Marcus; Megan Gfroerer, Carole Hochman Designs; Damian Ruth, Burberry; Frank Agostino, Agostino; Jayoon Jeong, Jayoon Jeong, NY; John Wind, Maximal Art; Lisa Hendrickson, Destination Maternity and Mary Dougherty, Nicole Miller; Ali McCloud, Stephanie Schaich Bricken and Althea Harper.
The Design & Merchandising students also produce a lifestyle and trend publication, d&m magazine, which is distributed to all who attend. DUTV, Drexel University’s cable television station, which is carried in the Philadelphia region by Comcast and FIOS, will record the fashion show for broadcast at a later date, with production handled by students in the Cinema & Television program.