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(Philadelphia, PA) – Century 21 Department Store presents Moore College of Art & Design’s Fashion Show 2016: A Genre of Her Own: Mirroring Picasso,  taking place on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8 pm at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway).

“A Genre of Her Own” is inspired by the Barnes Foundation’s exhibition, Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change, on view February 21 – May 9, 2016. The exhibition examines the dramatic fluctuations in Picasso’s style during the period surrounding the First World War, from 1912 to 1924.

“Picasso was really a genre of his own in the art world, and so knowing that, coupled with the talent and innovation of our students, senior faculty members coined the phrase ‘A Genre of Her Own’ for the theme of the fashion show,” said Dianna Vass, chair and associate professor of Fashion Design.

Join us for an evening of glamour, fashion and style as our seniors reveal their distinctive collections energized by individual journeys of experimentation and change. The evening will also include an athleisure (a combination of athletic and leisure wear) group entitled ‘Rapid Response,’ featuring collections for men and women created by juniors; the always-charming sophomore segment with “tween” fashions inspired by a 'wild garden' and incorporating a sportswear fabrication element; and the senior eveningwear finale, always a crowd-pleaser. In tribute to the Barnes Foundation’s exhibition Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change, Fashion Design seniors have researched Picasso's work to create these gowns inspired by his art. 

This is the first time that the Fashion Show will feature both athleisure and “tween” fashions, in response to global fashion trends. Athleisure has propelled sales at retailers such as Old Navy and Under Armour, offering consumers high-tech fabrics in garments that will transition seamlessly to activities outside the gym. 

 “Athleisure is becoming the mainstream apparel wardrobe of choice,” Vass said. “Junior level faculty designed this industry trend focused project that allows students to experiment with knit fabrics and fitting both men and women. Juniors will consider form, function, and fashion in their design processes and be able to discuss this project during their internship interviews.”

This is the second year that Moore’s Fashion Show, one of the most eagerly awaited spring events, will be held at the Barnes Foundation, one of the finest holdings of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings in the world. The fashion show will be held in the foundation’s Annenberg Court. Tickets may be purchased online on Moore’s website, in person at The Art Shop at Moore (in mid-March) or by calling 215-965-8586.

Awards announced at the show will include the Century 21 (C21) Best in Show and Most Saleable, both selected by Valentino Vettori, C21’s Chief Creative and Marketing Officer. Select students will also be presented with awards determined by guest critics, many of whom are Moore alumni, all working in the fashion industry.

A selection of the winning fashions will be displayed in the windows of the C21 store at 8th and Market Streets for a month following the show. As part of C21’s strong partnership with Moore, students in all majors work with the store’s visual merchandising manager on monthly window and occasional in-store installations.

The Fashion Show is always a sell out so get your tickets in advance for only $30 to ensure your place at one of the spring season’s most anticipated events! Tickets at the door the night of the event are $40. VIP tickets, including reserved, prime seats by the runway and convenient parking at the Barnes are $150; $15 tickets for Moore students must be purchased in advance in person with an ID at The Art Shop at Moore prior to May 14.

The Barnes Foundation is located at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia 19130. For directions to the Barnes Foundation and its parking facilities, visit:

Century 21 Department Store presents FASHION SHOW 2016

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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 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

Century 21 Department Store, a NYC icon for more than 50 years, is legendary for its exceptional offering of designer brands at amazing prices. Century 21 remains a leader in high-end off-price fashion retail, offering men's, women's and children's apparel, footwear, outerwear, lingerie and accessories, along with beauty and home goods at select stores and online at The retailer is headquartered in Downtown Manhattan with 10 stores total. Locations in New York include Lincoln Square, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. There are three stores in New Jersey: Paramus, Morristown and Elizabeth. Century 21 Department Store opened its first store outside of the New York Metro area in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and continues to expand in new markets. For more information, follow Century 21 Department Store on and @Century21stores on Twitter and Instagram. 

Pictured above: A garment from Tara Higgins’s ’15 Century 21 Best In Show collection featured in Fashion Show 2015. Photo: 2015 Thom Carroll Photography

Published on February 9th, 2016