Moore Breaks Away with Fashion Show 2012

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA) – Moore’s Spring Fashion Show 2012, featuring innovative collections and designs by senior, junior and sophomore students of the College’s acclaimed fashion design department, will take place on Saturday night, May 12 at 8 pm in Aviator Park.

This year’s highly anticipated collections include swimwear, childrenswear, menswear and eveningwear. The theme for the senior eveningwear collection is Breaking Away. A double entendre, Breaking Away draws inspiration from the ocean and colors of the water, but also reflects the fact that this is the time for seniors to move on to the next phase of their careers.        

The 2012 show will kick off with junior class swimwear with the theme, “Yacht Spots”. The swimwear is inspired by the history, culture and landscape of Hawaii, Thailand, Southern California, North Africa and Australia. Next, the show will feature childrenswear by sophomore designers, with concepts based on different countries’ flags, in honor of the London Olympics. Students certainly didn’t have to go far for their inspiration, as The Parkway is lined with flags from around the world.

Senior collections will be showcased next and range from menswear and bridal to a line of kickboxing/bodybuilding outfits and a line of theatrical costumes. Marah Carpenter, (Houston, TX) a painting minor, hand-painted all of the fabric she’s using for her collection. Inspired by the work of Egon Schiele, her work is a reflection of everything that she’s learned at Moore. Miranda Brackett’s (Rumford, ME) collection is a very wearable line of menswear, no doubt inspired by Abercrombie & Fitch, where she will be working after graduation. Rounding out the senior collections is Katie Yamaguchi (Galloway, NJ). Her line of fantasy garments features LED lighting detail. She hopes to become a theatrical costume designer. All 28 senior collections are a reflection of the markets students wish to work in.

Following the senior collections is junior class menswear, with the theme “Mad for Plaid”. Students incorporated tartan plaids and knitwear into their collections that draw from inspirations of Zen, snowboarding, the 1960s and grime/grunge.

The final garments to appear on the runway are part of the senior class eveningwear collection and incorporate the show’s theme, Breaking Away.         

“You really see the progression of student work in the show,” says Moore’s fashion department chair Janice Lewis. “From the time students arrive until they graduate, we give them as much hands-on experience as possible to prepare them for their careers. By the time they’re seniors, they have the freedom to do pretty much whatever they want with their collections.”

Breaking Away is sponsored by Charming Shoppes, Inc., Anthropologie and Macy’s, Inc. A representative from each company will serve as a judge for the show. This year’s judges are: Andrea Pinkowitz ’73, Textile Designer, Charming Shoppes, Inc.; Sandy Kim, District Merchant for Fashion Ready-to-Wear, Macy’s; Steven Oo, Knitwear Designer, Anthropologie; and Christina Gorman ‘92, Designer, Meryl Diamond, Inc., NY.  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 Ashley Scott ‘09, associate designer at Cyn & Luca Swimwear; Heather Hipsher, childrenswear designer at Lilly Pulitzer; Kim Stromberg ‘09, menswear designer at Ralph Lauren; Frank Agostino, owner of Agostino in Bryn Mawr and Rob Lehmann, freelance designer.

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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 May 1st, 2012