Spring Fashion Show 2010 Award Winners

For Immediate Release
April 23, 2010                              

(Philadelphia, PA) The glitz and glamour of Bryant Park made a splashing return to Aviator Park on the Ben Franklin Parkway with Moore's Spring Fashion Show 2010 on Saturday night, May 15.

Moore's annual fashion extravaganza featured innovative collections and designs by senior, junior and sophomore students of the College’s acclaimed fashion design department. Designs included swimwear, lingerie, children's wear, men's wear, evening wear and sports wear, as well as costumes for theatre and ballet.

This year’s theme was Kaleidoscopic. For more than 200 years, the kaleidoscope has fascinated and inspired children, mathematicians and artists. With each small twist of the barrel, this handheld hall of mirrors presents to the viewer a succession of changing patterns, scenes, colors and actions. The diverse collections in Moore's 2010 Fashion Show strived for multiple presentations of color, pattern, reflection and symmetry.

Fashion show segments included:

Swimwear (junior class) – The theme was Electric Avenue. This year’s swimwear designs were inspired by the outrageous neon colors of the 1980's.
Men's Wear (junior class) – A design "team" project with a black and white theme, White Knights & Dark Princes. Students were asked to use fabrics in either all black, all white or a combination of black and white, and to develop a theme based on their color story.  The themes varied from the heavenly, Godsend, to the underworld of vampires, Death Rides a Pale Horse.                                                                                     
Children's Wear (sophomore class) – The theme was Pretend Prep. The designs featured a playful reworking of classic "preppy" style.
Senior Collections (senior class) – Over the course of a year, each senior designs a four- or five-piece collection for the market they want to enter when they graduate. This year's collections covered an unusually broad segment of the commercial and artistic markets, and featured a wealth of traditional and modern techniques taught at Moore. Two students created lingerie lines. Woman's sportswear lines were extremely diverse. Groups that stood out were a couture line inspired by British royal guard, an 80’s inspired line of funky divas and a messenger line with large graphic bicycle parts. There were two 50's inspired dress collections. One was geared toward the plus-size woman with cinched waists and full skirts a la Dior's “new look.” The other was a grouping of three classic eveningwear gowns. A first for Moore, there were three twirling tutu's dancing down the runway.
Senior Class Eveningwear Segment (finale) – Titled Kaleidoscope Eyes, the 2010 Eveningwear finale was inspired by the arts of the brief but artistically rich psychedelic era, from 1966 to the end of that decade. Senior students worked with guest critic Rob Lehmann, who selected a design from each senior. The designs were based on kaleidoscopic, fractal and paisley patterns, and bright, changing colors.  In keeping with the interests of that era, each piece also incorporated a craft, such as crochet, macramé, hand painting, beading and dyeing techniques. The faculty of Moore's textile department worked closely with fashion students to achieve their desired "kaleidoscopic" effects.

The panel of judges and critics for the Spring Fashion Show 2010 included many successful Moore alumnae. Critics this year included Toby Markulin ’89, owner/designer of New York-based swimwear company, Miss Peaches; Deborah Bux '03, senior designer, Men's Lifestyle Collection at Original Penguin; Hillary Sculthorpe '98, designer for Hartstrings; and Frank Agostino, owner/designer of Agostino in Bryn Mawr.

Judges included Lynette Kirk '91, Design Director, L.L.Bean, Inc.; Rebecca Allred '95, Designer, Lily Pulitzer; Elizabeth Ozarowski '07, Design Director, Walter Baker, Inc.; Catalina Maddox, Vice President, GMM, David's Bridal, Inc.; and Carol Williams, President, Catherines, owned and operated by Charming Shoppes, Inc.

Corporate Patrons were Charming Shoppes, Inc., parent company of Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Catherines, Lane Bryant Outlet, Cacique, and Figi’s Gifts in Good Taste and David’s Bridal.

Corporate Friends included Ground Zero Salons; Holo-Walls, LLC; M & M Display, Inc.; Motorola and Select Event Rentals.

The Spring Fashion Show 2010 Award Winners are:

Sophomore Class Childrenswear
Hillary Sculthorpe Critic Award
Critic Award - Kathleen Yamaguchi
Most Saleable - Miranda Brackett

Junior Class Swimwear
Toby Markulin Critic Award
Critic Award for most creative swimwear- Hilary Leroux
Most salable - Jennifer Vitale
Honorable Mention - Rebecca Heaps

Junior Class Menswear
Deborah Bux Critic Award
Critic Award - Rebecca Heaps
Group Award - 'Checkmate'
Rebecca Heaps
Simone Heron
Cathleen Beer
Most Saleable Garment - Devin Pauley
Honorable Mention - Katherine Perez

Charming Shoppes Scholarship - Rebecca Heaps, Katherine Perez

Senior Class Collections
Frank Agostino Critic Award
Best over-all Senior Collection - Christine Tong
Most Creative Collection - Leah Boston
Innovative Use of Materials - Ivy Aristy 
Fabulous and Wearable Clothes - Michelle Robertson
Men's Wear Collection Award - Kimberly Stromberg
Lingerie Collection Award - Brianna Farabelli

Jannaman Award for Best Construction - Makeba Grimes

Senior Class Eveningwear
Rob Lehmann Critic Award
Critic Award - Christine Tong
Honorable Mention - Zawie Yonezawa

Michael Olszewski Textile Award for Surface Design - Malkia Sanders

Fashion Group International Scholarship - Dominique Streater
Arts of Fashion - Dominique Streater

Announced at the show:
Motorola Award for Portfolio Presentation and Professionalism - Lindsay Waibel & Kimberly Stromberg

Charming Shoppes 'Most Saleable Collection' - Makeba Grimes

David's Bridal 'Best in Show' - Leah Boston

Read an article about the Spring Fashion Show in The Philadelphia Inquirer
and at Phrequency.com, a Philly-based interactive publication with a focus on music, art and fashion.


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May 17, 2010
The glitz and glamour of Bryant Park made a splashing return to Aviator Park on the Ben Franklin Parkway with Moore's Spring Fashion Show 2010 on Saturday night, May 15.

Published on April 22nd, 2010