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Beyond Fashion Week 2012

At Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), "fashion" is not limited to what people wear. It is instead an exploration of how fiber and textiles can be used as means of artistic expression and societal engagement.

Students Showcase Design Innovation Beyond Fashion Season

Transcend: Annual Benefit Fashion Show

Friday, April 13, 9 p.m. (MICA Community Show)
and Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m. (General Public Show)

Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. 

The 19th Annual Benefit Fashion show, Transcend, is a runway show that will explore the outward manifestation of the unconscious mind. The designers were asked to go beyond the expected and Transcend their normal, accepted thought processes and reveal a hidden layer of themselves through their garment making. Transcend allows audience members to walk behind the synaptic workings of their brains.

Alumni Fashion Panel

Friday, March 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
MICA will welcome several fashion-forward panelists back to the College to speak about their experiences in the industry. This free event is sponsored by the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development.

Lecture: Gary Graham

Tuesday, April 3, 11:30 a.m.
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
New York City-based fashion designer Gary Graham's background in costume and textile design is evident season after season. His collections are rich with casual luxury and a sense of history. Signature prints and jacquards are designed to incorporate visual clues that articulate the underlying themes of each collection. Inspirations for past collections have included fresh reinterpretations of Dust Bowl-era portraits or antique engravings of botanical specimens. His approach is reflected in his trademark fitted jackets, fluid dresses and knits-all rendered in a rich palette with varied textures, achieved through the meticulous washing and dyeing processes associated with his name. Graham's collections are represented in specialty boutiques and department stores worldwide. He was named a finalist in the 2009 Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund. His free talk is part of the Fiber Department's Mixed Media Series.

Milquetoast: Experimental Fashion Event

Saturday, April 21, 6 and 9 p.m.
2640 (St. John's Church), 2640 Saint Paul St. 

At the annual Experimental Fashion Event, artists and designers from the Fiber Department's Multi Media Event class transform 2640 (St. John's Church) into a venue for innovative fashion and costume design by pushing the boundaries of fashion and art through live performances and projected video.

Robot Fest

Saturday, April 14-Sunday, April 15
National Electronics Museum, 1745 W. Nursery Rd., Linthicum Heights, Md.
Interactive art and smart fabric projects from students enrolled in smart textiles design courses, offered jointly with Johns Hopkins University, will be on display at this wearable technology fashion show at the National Electronics Museum (near Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport). Some designs will just be fun to wear while others may have very practical applications in the science of assistive technologies. For visitor information, visit robotfest.com.

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Saturday, April 28-Sunday, April 29
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C.
Students from the smart textiles design courses offered jointly with Johns Hopkins University, including the Wash and Wear and Wearable Technology classes, will hold a fashion show that incorporates fashion design, art and technology at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, a science exposition in Washington, D.C. Every model will not only be wearing an outfit that makes a "fashion statement," but also uses engineering technology, such as microcomputers, LEDs, sensors, motors and conductive thread. For visitor information, visit usasciencefestival.org.