Faux Fur is Highlight of Jumpstart Fashion Show at Moore

For Immediate Release
Octobe 1, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) Read about Jumpstart in Philadelphia City Paper

Fashion Faux Paw was the theme for Moore’s 14th Jumpstart Fashion Show, held on September 30, 2009 at the College. Traditionally the first fashion show of the new school year, junior and senior fashion design students had to devise, design and showcase a garment based on a theme in one month’s time.

In keeping with the theme of Fashion Faux Paw, 55 students created their own faux fur garments out of toothpicks, nails, bobby pins, Brillo pads, dusters, mops, plastic bags, cotton balls and more.

Linda Wisner, acting chair of the Fashion Design Department, said she was impressed with how students tackled the challenge of faux fur.

"I think trying to make your own fabric - fur - is something we've never done before. It was the most challenging part, and the hours the students put in with hand-applying materials was amazing."

Next year, students’ Jumpstart garments will be featured in a fashion show during Ground Zero Salon’s benefit, “Black and White Ball with a Touch of Fur” on September 25, 2010. The money raised will be donated to The Matthew Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Sophomore students will design “doggie” t-shirts to be sold at the event.

Judges for this year's Jumpstart fashion show included Michael Olszewski, professor of Textile Design; Wendy Weinstein, owner of Ground Zero Salons and Elana Beck, with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Jumpstart winners received a spray painted dog bone "award" and a copy of The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart by fashion editor and Bravo's Project Runway guest "judge" Nina Garcia.

Selections from Jumpstart will be on view in The Galleries at Moore from October 20 – December 12, 2009. The exhibition features Jumpstart preparatory sketches, photographs and fashions.

Jumpstart 2009 Award Winners:

Winner – Best of Faux
Leah Boston, garment made of Bobby pins

First place – Best of Faux
Katherine Perez, garment made of spray painted rubber bands

Second place – Best of Faux
Sherry Duffy, garment made of bath mat & fake silk flowers

Honorable Mention
Beatrice Davis, garment made of homespun yarn

“Doggie” T-Shirt Winner
Miranda Brackett


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October 1, 2009
Fashion Faux Paw was the theme of Moore’s 14th Jumpstart Fashion Show, held on September 30, 2009 at the College. Traditionally the first fashion show of the new school year, junior and senior fashion design students had to devise, design and showcase a garment based on a theme in one month’s time.

Published on October 1st, 2009