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Jumpstart 2015 award winners
Jumpstart 2015 award winners

Philadelphia, PA -- Now in its 24th year, the annual Jumpstart Fashion Show always gets the fall season jumping with excitement at Moore College of Art & Design.   In the past, Fashion Design students have been charged with conceptualizing, designing and constructing garments in three weeks on themes inspired by everything from ballet tutus to urban camouflage.  This year, they will construct pieces by hand and machine inspired by fashions exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's MANUS X MACHINA: Fashion in an Age of TechnologyJumpstart Fashion Show 2016: Hand x Machine will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 6:00 pm, in Moore’s Great Hall, 20th Street and The Parkway.  Admission is free, but registration is required at  The event is sponsored by Century 21 Department Store. Selections from Jumpstart 2016 will be exhibited in The Galleries at Moore from November 12 – January 14.


Is the handmade more valuable and the machine-made less so?  Andrew Bolton, head curator of the Met’s Costume Institute and curator of MANUS X MACHINA, says that “the mediator between the hand and the machine must be the heart.”  Moore’s students traveled to New York City on the fifth day of fall classes to see the exhibition and it is that experience that is inspiring their Jumpstart 2016 fashions.   Juniors and seniors’ garments will fill the runway and sophomores will design accessories that will be on display. The audience will see pieces created on 3D printers and laser cutters, while others may include feathers, flowers, leather, patchwork, scuba knit and neoprene, embroidery, lacework and more details. 


“The most inspiring and important thing I learned from the MANUS X MACHINA exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was the new perspective of fashion it showed me. Fashion is not just about the clothing that we wear, it is about delivering a concept, revealing innovation and showing the world the brilliant and creative mind that makes a great designer. After seeing this exhibit, I am pushing my Jumpstart design further. I want people to ask themselves the same question I asked myself when I saw MANUS X MACHINA; ‘How did she do that?’” Kimberly McLinden ’17, Fashion Design major


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 for undergraduates. The College's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district, surrounded by world-class museums. The College offers ten Bachelor of fine arts degrees for women and four coeducational graduate programs. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, Continuing Education Certificate programs for professional adults, the acclaimed Young Artists Workshop, The Art Shop and 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. 

Published on September 9th, 2016