Spring Fashion Show to "Blast Off" on May 18

For Immediate Release
April 9, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore’s fashion students will soar to new heights at this year’s annual Spring Fashion Show, “Blasting Off,” on May 18 at 8 pm in Aviator Park.

The show will feature innovative collections and designs by senior, junior and sophomore students of the College’s acclaimed fashion design department. This year’s highly anticipated collections include swimwear, childrenswear, menswear and eveningwear. The theme for the senior eveningwear collection, Blasting Off, is inspired by “The Space Age” metallic feel of the 1960s, but also reflects the fact that this is the time for seniors to ascend to the next phase of their careers.        

Designers from Nicole Miller, Ralph Lauren, Cyn and Luca, Aeropostale and local couturier Frank Agostino have mentored the students to design and construct space age swimwear and eveningwear.

The 2013 show will kick off with junior class swimwear with the theme, “Space Odyssey.” The swimwear will feature white bathing suits with reflective trim. Next, the show will feature childrenswear by sophomore designers, with concepts based on a vintage circus theme.

Senior collections by 21 students will be showcased next and range from menswear and lingerie to eveningwear and sportswear. Original digital prints are incorporated into several collections such as Kaitlyn Moore’s sportswear inspired by Eastern State Penitentiary and Jasmine Bagley’s children’s group. Hand and machine knits are featured in an après ski collection by Emily Rohrbach. Ethnic prints and details make up Rachel Lopez-Cerrato’s womenswear.

Following the senior collections is junior class menswear inspired by “Man’s Best Friend.” The collections are inspired by different breeds of dogs and their owners.

The final garments to appear on the runway are part of the senior class eveningwear collection, Blasting Off.         

“This group of seniors is indeed ready to blast off into the fashion industry,” said Janice Lewis, chair, professor of Fashion Design. “They have done amazing internships and their portfolios are exciting and marketable.”

Awards announced at the show include Most Saleable Collection and Best in Show. Select students are also presented with awards and scholarships determined by designers in Moore’s acclaimed Fashion Critic Program.

This year's critics include Frank Agostino, president, Agostino, Bryn Mawr; Allie Abbas '06, designer, Nicole Miller, NY; Kimberly Stromberg '10, associate designer, Ralph Lauren, NY; Ashley Scott '10, associate designer, Cyn and Luca, NY; Laine Henry '08, design manager, Aeropostale, NY, and Stevie Gamboa '07, of Urban Outfitters, Philadelphia.

Fashion Show judges are Mary Sullivan '87, president, Bloom, Philadephia & Wilmington, DE; Nafeesa Scott '02, designer, Macy's Merchandising Group, NY; Jenna Davis '03, designer, Anthropologie, Philadelphia; and Leah Boston '10, associate designer, Amanda Uprichard, NY.

The Spring 2013 Fashion Show is produced by senior fashion majors in a “Fashion Show Production” course taught by Sharon Phillips Waxman of SPW Productions. Seniors took the lead roles in selecting models, hair and makeup, backstage organization and more.


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Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.

Published on April 9th, 2013