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Spring Fashion Show Brings a Taste of Spring to Aviator Park

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2011

(Philadelphia, PA) On Saturday, May 14, Moore's Spring Fashion Show 2011 featured innovative collections and designs by senior, junior and sophomore students of the College’s acclaimed fashion design department. The "sell out" audience of 829 enjoyed dazzling runway designs under a big tent in Aviator Park on the Ben Franklin Parkway steps from Logan Fountain.

Even the spring showers held for the elegant evening event with the theme "The Rite of Spring." The theme was the inspiration for the eveningwear finale with select garments previewed at a runway show held April 8 as part of the 2011 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, April 7 – May 1.

This year top prizes, the Charming Shoppes Most Saleable Collection award and Anthropologie Best in Show award, went to Sherry Duffy and Cari Ann Brezina respectively. Charming Shoppes, Inc. and Anthropologie were this year's Corporate Patrons for the Show.

The 2011 Spring Fashion Show featured senior collections and eveningwear by 22 senior fashion design majors. Additional segments included swimwear and menswear designs by  juniors and childrenswear designed by sophomores.The swimwear was inspired by glam stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Josephine Baker and menswear took inspiration from The Apocalypse with garments that were deconstructed, reconstructed, tattered and torn. This year's childrenswear was inspired by a tea party theme

The senior collections represented a  broad segment of the commercial and artistic markets, and featured a wealth of traditional and modern designs as each senior creates a four- or five-piece collection for the professional market they plan to enter when they graduate. The senior collections included swimwear and resortwear, knitwear,  promwear, lingerie, sportswear, childrenswear and bridal collections.

The eveningwear finale titled Rite of Spring, drew inspiration from fashion in Paris between 1910 – 1920. Seniors worked with guest critic Gina Sole '98, owner of The Wedding Planner in Philadelphia. Sole worked with students throughout the year mentoring them from concept to finished design.

The panel of critics for the Spring Fashion Show 2011 included many successful Moore alumnae: Toby Markulin '89, owner of New York-based swimwear company, “Miss Peaches;” Deborah Bux '03, Senior Designer, Men's Lifestyle Collection at Original Penguin; Heather Hipsher, associate fashion designer for girls, Lilly Pulitzer; as well as Frank Agostino, owner of Agostino in Bryn Mawr; and Sole.

Fashion Show judges included Rebecca Allred '95, designer, Lilly Pulitzer; Laura Johnson, executive vice president of merchandising and product development, Charming Shoppes, Inc.; Wendy B. McDevitt, co-president and COO, Anthropologie; and Brigitte Segura, fashion and beauty editor, Fashion Daily Magazine.

Additional support for the Show came from Corporate friends including Iacobucci Formalwear, Ground Zero Salons, M & M Display, Inc.; McGinn Security and Select Event Rentals.

The show also received individual support from Joanne Adams '74, Grace & Frank Agostino, Lisa Parmer Ditty ’91, Lori & Mike Fell, Happy & Richard Fernandez, Penny & Bob Fox, Fran R. Graham ’66 & William Graham, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, Rochelle F. Levy ’79 & Robert P. Levy, Elizabeth & Colin A. Oerton, Joan N. Stern, Esq., Marissa Jannaman Williams ’00 & Brandon Williams.

Read a review of the Spring Fashion Show in the Philadelphia Inquirer

In addition to the Most Saleable and Best in Show awards, award-winners included:

Senior Collections
Frank Agostino Critic Award – Hilary Leroux
Critic Award for Sportswear – Katherine Satterfield
Best Resort Collection – Sarah Creager
Fantasy Childrenswear Award – Cari Ann Brezina

Eveningwear – Gina Sole Critic Award – Sherry Duffy
Eveningwear Honorable Mention – Simone Heron
Eveningwear 2nd Place – Katherine Perez
Eveningwear Textile Award for Surface Design – Devin Pauley

Arts of Fashion – Cari Ann Brezina
Jannaman Award for Best Construction – Cari Ann Brezina and Heather Hartman

Swimwear – Toby Markulin Critic Award – Victoria Wright
Swimwear Honorable Mention – Caralyn Scudner and Lauren Przybylowski
Menswear – Deborah Bux Critic Award – Nicole Davis
Menswear Group Award – When the Dust Settles collection by designers Emily Gleason, Erica Garcia, Nicole Davis, Stephanie Berry and Marah Carpenter.
Charming Shoppes Scholarship – Marah Carpenter

Childrenswear –  Heather Hipsher Critic Award – Meghan Roche
Childrenswear Honorable Mention – Kaitlyn Moore

Each year the event also engages graphic design students in a competition to design the Show invitation. This year senior graphic design major Kate Ricci designed the Spring Fashion Show invitation. Fellow graphic design seniors Lauren Ketcham and Johanna Moeller's designs were chosen for the Senior Show invitation.


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

Published on May 15th, 2011