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The inspiration and muse for this year’s eveningwear portion of the Spring Fashion Show is Amedeo Modigliani’s Redheaded Girl in Evening Dress (Jeune fille rousse en robe de soir) in the Barnes collection
The inspiration and muse for this year’s eveningwear portion of the Spring Fashion Show is Amedeo Modigliani’s Redheaded Girl in Evening Dress (Jeune fille rousse en robe de soir) in the Barnes collection

(Philadelphia, PA) – Sponsored by Century 21 Department Store, Moore College of Art & Design’s Spring Fashion Show, one of the most eagerly awaited spring events, will be held for the first time at The Barnes Foundation, housing one of the finest Impressionist collections in the world. Fashion Show 2015: An Evening at The Barnes will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8 pm in Annenberg Court at The Barnes, 320 N. 20th Street in Philadelphia.

Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at The Art Shop at Moore or by calling 215-965-8586.

This is the first time since 2009 that Moore’s fashion show has changed locations. The event was previously held under a large tent in Aviator Park, across from the College at 20th and The Parkway. “I’m excited about the show at The Barnes and the students are too. Every time we put the show in a new location, we get a new audience and a new energy,” said Janice Lewis, chair, professor of Fashion Design at Moore.

The fashion show will feature innovative collections and designs by senior, junior and sophomore students, including childrenswear, resortwear and senior collections, along with the grand finale of eveningwear.  The inspiration and muse for this year’s eveningwear is Amedeo Modigliani’s Redheaded Girl in Evening Dress (Jeune fille rousse en robe de soir) in the Barnes collection.  “Even though the painting is from 1819, this woman would be welcome at any fashion gala today,” Lewis said.

The 2015 show will kick off with junior class “resort wear,” combining men’s and women’s swimwear for the first time. With west coast surfer and east coast nautical themes, don’t be surprised to see models carrying fun props such as surfboards or beach chairs. Next, the show will highlight childrenswear by sophomore designers, with garments inspired by the theme of “Electric Zoo,” showcasing zoo animals and bright colors.

Senior collections by 21 students will highlight each seniors' aesthetic and will represent the market that the senior intends to pursue. The grand finale of the show is the senior class eveningwear, with a black-and-white tuxedo theme inspired by “An Evening at the Barnes” and the painting Redheaded Girl in Evening Dress.

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: local couturier Frank Agostino, Agostino, Bryn Mawr; Ashley Scott ’10, swimwear designer for Cyn and Luca, NY; Alicia Abbas '06, designer for Nicole Miller; and Heather Hipsher, childrenswear designer for Lilly Pulitzer.

The Fashion Show is always a sell out so get your tickets in advance for only $30.  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; tickets for reserved, prime seats by the runway are $125.  $15 tickets for Moore students must be purchased in advance in person with an ID at The Art Shop at Moore prior to May 16.

In addition to being the lead sponsor of the 2015 Fashion Show, C21, which opened a new store at 8th and Market Streets last October, has also formed a yearlong partnership with Moore. Student work is being showcased in C21’s Market Street window through mid-July. In addition, C21 will host internships for Moore’s students in its flagship store in New York City.

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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 visual arts 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 ten Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women and since 2009, five coeducational Graduate Studies programs. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore; Continuing Education programs for professional adults; the acclaimed Youth Programs for young people grades 1-12, which was founded in 1921; The Art Shop and Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit


Century 21 Department Store, established in 1961, is legendary for its exceptional offering of pure designer merchandise in every category at up to 65% off retail every day. The boutique of the off-price and leader in high-end fashion retail for over 50 years, Century 21 Department Store offers men's, women's and children's apparel, footwear, outerwear, lingerie and accessories along with cosmetics and home goods at select stores. The retailer is headquartered in Downtown Manhattan, with four other locations in New York including Lincoln Square, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and three additional locations in New Jersey including Paramus,Morristown and Elizabeth as well as online at In October of 2014, Century 21 Department Store opened its first store outside of the New York Metro, in Philadelphia. For more information follow Century 21 Department Store on, and @Century21stores on Twitter and Instagram.


Published on March 11th, 2015