Students’ designs tap into the power of clothing as a semiotic device, communicating constantly shifting ideas and beliefs about the body, social relationships and the spirit of the times. Their work speaks to the performative nature of fashion and the overlaps between the runway, the stage and the theater of the streets. This year, the name Milquetoast (meaning a timid person) was chosen as a counterpoint to the lively event and a tip of the hat to the political climate in this presidential election year. The evening will involve more than 150 people, from designers and their models to participating performers, including roving costumed characters. Music and sound will be provided by DJ J-No and other local musicians.
Antonina Clarke, Thea Curley, Naomi Davidoff, Natalie Ebaugh, Giovannie Flores, Morgan Frailey, Maya Lisa Akabane Graffagna, Alexz Giacobbe, Kelsey LaSeur, Jessica Marx, Caroline Milton, Michela Reina, Stephanie Santos, Anna Strain, Jacqueline Wadowsky and Katharine Weintraub; graphic design assistance provided by Alex Dougherty