Student Designers

Participating artists each present their own unique visions, claiming fashion should be recognized as a cultural phenomenon, not just a few voices speaking for an industry. As a student-driven event, R.I.P. V.I.P. demonstrates young artists are a crucial part of the discussion.

Amber Whitehead ’13 (fiber) – The Court of Colors

About Amber

Amber WhiteheadAmber Whitehead is a 23 year old artist and native of Baltimore, Maryland. On December 31, 2010, she received an Associates Degree in Fine and Performing Arts from The Community College of Baltimore County. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fiber with a concentration in Experimental Fashion from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She plans to graduate May 2013, and pursue a Master’s Degree and a career in costume design.

About The Court of Colors

Amber Whitehead’s collection, The Court of Colors, exclaims that “Nothing is without value,” celebrating the value of things often viewed as worthless by others. The costumes are inspired by the lavishness and decadence embodied by the 18th-century Rococo style, but sewn mostly from pieces of donated and salvaged fabrics. The textile tradition of piecework is often associated with thrift and craft. As an artist, Whitehead sees piecework as an expressive medium, like paint. She chooses bold, colorful and textured materials, experimenting with different combinations to create intricate and beautiful designs. The labor and care invested in making this handmade cloth transforms it into a material as valuable and expensive as the finest silk or brocade. Dressed in these intricate costumes, the masked dancers of the royal Court of Colors assemble in their palace to celebrate.

  • Work 1 by Amber Whitehead
  • Work 2 by Amber Whitehead
  • Work 3 by Amber Whitehead