Paper is Highlight of Jumpstart Fashion Show at Moore

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For Immediate Release
October 6, 2011

(Philadelphia, PA) PaPer View was the theme of Moore’s 16th Annual Jumpstart Fashion Show, held on October 4, 2011 at the College. Traditionally the first fashion show of the new school year, junior and senior fashion design students had to devise, design and showcase a garment based on a theme in one month’s time.

In keeping with the theme of PaPer View, students were challenged to create sculptural garments made out of paper and paper products. The garments were inspired by a time period in history and only meant to be worn once.

“This year the faculty decided to assign a non-sewing project to the students [by using paper],” said Janice Lewis, chair of the Fashion Design Department. “We always like to start the year with an exciting theme and loved the fact that the students were on an even keel with this one. The good sewers had no advantage over the less skilled ones.”

Students used a variety of materials for their garments, including newspaper, tissue paper, newsprint, gift wrap, drawing paper and more.

“It was exciting to see that on stage,” Lewis said. “Many of the gowns looked so real that they could have been made of fabric.”

Judges for this year’s Jumpstart fashion show included Kaytie Johnson, Director and curator, The Galleries at Moore; Ardia Dayton, Owner, President, Provost Designs and Character Translations; Arte Verbrugge, Past Creative Director, North Light Community Center; and Elissa Bloom, Executive Director, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s.

Selections from Jumpstart will be on view in The Galleries at Moore from October 22, 2011 – January 14, 2012.

Jumpstart 2011 Award Winners:

Best or most original use of paper:
Winner: Jasmine Bagley
Honorable Mention: Melissa Wheaton

Best historical inspiration:
Winner: Amber Callahan
Honorable Mention: Deborah Artaza

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 October 6th, 2011