Boots Go From Every Day to Runway

For Immediate Release
April 3, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) When sophomore fashion design students were asked to decorate shoes inspired by Italian artists as part of the Jumpstart Fashion Show, Ashley Dudek was sure of one thing -- she wanted to use feathers.

She searched online for an image, ultimately choosing to interpret the design of an advertising poster, Cognac Jacquet, by Italian artist Leonetto Cappiello. The poster features a peacock perched alongside a bottle of Cognac on a table.

“I thought the image was really cool,” Dudek said. “I found a feather boa, cut it up and used hot glue to attach it to my boot.”

When Via Paserella, -- Italian for “On the Runway” -- was announced as the theme for Jumpstart last October, juniors and seniors designed garments inspired by Italian artists. But some of the younger students don’t know how to sew, so for their project, shoes were substituted for garments, said Janice Lewis, chair and professor of fashion design.

Lynette Kirk ’91, Design Director at LL Bean Inc., an outdoor gear and apparel retailer, arranged for the donation of nearly 40 pairs of repurposed ‘Bean boots’ for the project. The company chose the iconic hunting shoe as a nod to Moore’s 160th anniversary, and the founding of LL Bean nearly 100 years ago.

“I’m traditionally a fashion designer, and I don’t spend a lot of time on shoes, so it was fun to see how creative the designers were in interpreting the designs of the artist and applying it three dimensionally to the shoes,” Kirk said. “It was interesting to see a shoe become something more fashion driven and artsy.”

In February, Kirk -- who regularly returns to Moore as a volunteer critic – judged the shoes and selected eight students whose shoes will be displayed in the near future at the LL Bean headquarters in Freeport, Maine.

“I think it’s pretty cool,” Dudek said about being chosen. “I was shocked and very happy to hear my name.”

Sabrina Pereira won an “Honorable Mention” award for her recreation of Apollo and Daphne, a baroque, life-sized marble sculpture by Italian Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

She used beads, gems, gold paint and leaves -- and built an arrow -- to illustrate the love-struck Apollo’s relentless pursuit of the unwilling Daphne, each having been struck by one of vengeful Eros’ arrows.

All of the shoes were on view at the Jumpstart fashion show.

Kirk is not the first Moore alumnae connected to LL Bean. Alumnae Jen Tursi ’08, a textiles major, interned with the Color and Trends Department the summer before her senior year.

The list of LL Bean Jumpstart Awards include:

1. HILLARY LEROUX
CRITIC AWARD ‘BEST INTERPRETATION OF THE CONCEPT’

2. MOLLY WILLSALLEN-
CRITIC AWARD ’BEST REPRESENTATION OF LL BEAN’

3. SABRINA PEREIRA-
CRITIC AWARD ‘HONORABLE MENTION’

4. AMANDA FITZFATICK

5. JENNIFER VITALE

6. ASHLEY DUDEK

7. REBECCA HEAPS

8. CATHLEEN BEER

Media Contact:
Michele B. Cohen
Assistant Director of Communications
215.965.4065
mcohen@moore.edu


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April 3, 2009
When sophomore fashion design students were asked to decorate shoes inspired by Italian artists as part of the Jumpstart Fashion Show, Ashley Dudek was sure of one thing -- she wanted to use feathers.

Published on April 3rd, 2009