Spring Fashion Show Will "Dress to Express" on May 17

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(Philadelphia, PA) – Vincent Van Gogh. Franz Marc. Wassily Kandinsky. Paul Klee.

These are just a few of the Expressionist artists that will influence student designs at this year’s Spring Fashion Show, “Dress to Express,” on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Aviator Park, across from Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and The Parkway.  Tickets are $30 in advance and are available at www.moore.edu/fashionshow, by calling 215-965-8586 or in person at The Art Shop at Moore.

The show will feature innovative collections and designs by senior, junior and sophomore students of the College’s acclaimed fashion department. This year’s highly anticipated senior collections include childrenswear, menswear, swimwear, senior collections and the grand finale: eveningwear, for which the theme is “Dress to Express.”

In keeping with the theme, seniors will pay homage to Expressionist art. Expressionism is a term that embraces an early 20th century style of art, music and literature that is charged with an emotional and spiritual vision of the world. Expressionist art is characterized by heavy black lines that define forms, sharply contrasting, often vivid colors, and subjective or symbolic treatment of thematic material.

Linda Wisner, Professor of Fashion Design, conceived the idea of Expressionist art as inspiration for the show title and evening wear collection. Dom Streater ’10, winner of “Project Runway,” Season 12, is the eveningwear critic for the fashion show.

“Prints are trending right now and we wanted to embrace this opportunity to collaborate with Dom on our project,” said Janice Lewis, Chair, Professor of Fashion Design. “Her expertise with printed fabrics will surely enable seniors to create gowns that will 'dress to express'”.

The 2014 show will kick off with junior class swimwear with the concept of “Earthly Imprints,” featuring designs with ethnic and print mixes. Next, the show will highlight childrenswear by sophomore designers, with garments inspired by the theme of “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic,” showcasing gingham as a design detail.

Senior collections by 20 students will range from menswear and childrenswear to eveningwear and sportswear. “The senior collections this year have wonderful fabrications and exciting combinations of color and materials,” Lewis said. “Many of the fabrics have been designed by the seniors themselves to ensure originality in their work.”

Following the senior collections will be a junior class menswear project called “Manscapes.” The junior class formed teams to create truly original color and design schemes that reflect different landscapes and natural formations.

The finale of the show will be the senior class eveningwear collection, “Dress to Express.”

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

This year’s critics include local couturier Frank Agostino, Agostino, Bryn Mawr; Dom Streater ’10, winner of “Project Runway,” Season 12; Ashley Scott ’10, swimwear designer for Cyn and Luca, NY; John Venafro, a Philadelphia menswear designer and Heather Hipsher, childrenswear designer for Lilly Pulitzer.

The Spring 2014 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 careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's student-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers ten bachelor of fine arts degrees for women. Coeducational graduate programs were launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, continuing education programs for professional adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Young Artists Workshop 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 March 25th, 2014