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Student Designers

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.

Stephanie Santos ‘12 - El Pasado Estas Presente

El Pasado Esta Presente (The Past is Present) is a visual journey that combines imagery from my first trip to Havana, Cuba and my hometown of Miami. This collection of swimwear merges elements of nostalgia and cultural identity with everyday life. I was born an American citizen and my family is of Cuban descent. The interest in knowing more about Cuba led me to visit the country and the visual impact inspired me to make this collection. Each garment is digitally printed with photographs that emphasize key aspects of the two locations. Growing up in a community that embraces women of all sizes, I strive to accentuate the natural curves of the female form in my collection and my choice of models. Swimwear is meant to make anyone feel sexy and comfortable in their own body.

Stephanie Santos

Photo by Jessica Marx