Congratulations to Jumpstart Fashion Show Winners 2008

For Immediate Release
October 4, 2008

(Philadelphia, PA) Via Passerella, Italian for "On the Runway," was the theme for Moore's Jumpstart Fashion Show, the first fashion show of the year for Moore's acclaimed Fashion Design Department. The challenge? Fashion design students had to devise, design and showcase a garment based on a theme in one month's time. This year's fashions were inspired by Italian artists, sculptors, architects and designers including Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) and contemporary Murano glass designer Lino Tagliapiertra.

Selections from Jumpstart are on view in The Galleries at Moore from October 7 - November 19, 2008. This year, the Fashion Design Department also partnered with The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and will pair flower arrangers with Jumpstart designs to be featured at the 2009 Flower Show, Bella Italia, March 1 - 8, 2009.

Judges for this year's Jumpstart included Patricia McLaughlin, columnist for Universal Press Syndicate, Real Style; Sam Lemheney, director of show design, Philadelphia Flower Show; Francesca C. Northrup, chair, competitive classes, Philadelphia Flower Show; Amy Pendola '05, designer, Rasta Imposta Costumes, Inc.; and Charlie Kaprelian, Moore College of Art & Design faculty.

First place was awarded to senior Christine Tong for her gown inspired by Rome's Trevi Fountain by sculptor Nicola Salve. Ashley Banning's gold ensemble took second place. The piece was inspired by Umberto Boccioni's 1913 sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space. Junior Kimberly Stromberg received honorable mention for her unique take on Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper, a picnic blanket-like red and white checkered gown. Honorable mention also went to Kelly Wiersema's take on the iconic leaning tower of Pisa, designed by Bonnano Pisano. The gown was made of folded paper.

As part of the Jumpstart show, sophomore fashion design students also took inspiration from Italian artists and decorated shoes.  

Jumpstart Fashion Show 2008 Winners:
Christine Tong - First Place
Ashley Banning - Second Place
Kimberly Stromberg - Honorable Mention
Kelly Wiersema - Honorable Mention


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 launching 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 acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

Oct 4 2008
Italian art-inspired designs drew standing-room-only crowds at this year's Jumpstart Fashion Show, Via Passerella.

Published on October 4th, 2008