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Student Designers

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.

Alexandra Giacobbe and Jessica Marx

Alexandra Giacobbe is a senior Fiber major from Columbus, Ohio and Jess Marx is a Senior Photography major from Westchester, New York. Both are interested in ideas within the domestic realm, including preservation, preciousness, the history of the American family, and most importantly, deep nostalgia.


'Mama Said' is a line of garments inspired by a box of scrap material handed down to Alexandra from her Great-grandmother Ruby. These scraps from the 50's and 60's seem much more precious than the common household objects that they came from, and Jess and Alexandra feel a responsibility to keep their memory alive.

Through digital processes, each swatch or scrap has been scanned and re-worked into a functioning repeat pattern. The original motif is enlarged in the process to heighten the viewer's experience of the fabric. The resulting fabric is then used to make the garments in the collection.



Alexz Giacobbe and Jessica Marx

The garments are based on iconic sewing patterns from the 1950's and accompanied by stylized hats and accessories, individually designed and custom made. The result is a series of highly exaggerated looks that dominate the wearer of the garment. Though the basis of the line is recognizably derived from the 1940's to early 1960's, the artists are using their own 'memories' and imagination to style each look as they see fit in accordance to their false sense of nostalgia.

Photo by Jessica Marx