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15th Annual Benefit Fashion Show

Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. in Falvey Hall

Posted 04.03.08 by MICA Media Relations

Eclectic Fashion Show

Eclectic |i/klektik| includes diverse fashion creations ranging from prêt a porter to haute couture by 17 young and emerging MICA designers on Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. in Falvey Hall

BALTIMORE - Eclectic |i/klektik|, the 15th Annual Benefit Fashion Show at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), takes place on Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) in Brown Center's Falvey Hall at 1301 Mount Royal Avenue. The show's name this year reflects the many ideas, styles, and backgrounds of the students involved and is organized around a central theme of how fashion influences personal identity. Eclectic |i/klektik| features 15 visually stunning collections, by 17 young and emerging designers, each reflecting their personal interpretation and response to this theme.

Sponsored by MICA's Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Programs, the 15th Annual Fashion Show benefits the College's Mentoring Network, a personal support program for African-American students. Proceeds from the annual benefit show provide scholarships for network participants. This year's benefit is organized under the direction of Dr. Frankie Martin, Director of Multi-ethnic Student Programs by two MICA students, Kenyatta Hinkle, a junior painting major with a minor in culture and politics, and Phylicia Ghee, a sophomore photography major. Hinkle, interested in the power of art to cross cultural and economic boundaries to unite people stated, "Fashion can be an opportunity to tell the world who you are, or it can be a chance to confine yourself to what the world wants you to be. This show provides people with an opportunity to witness the power of art as a means of self expression and personal identity conveyed through fashion."

The MICA Annual Benefit Fashion Show has a history of selling out quickly. Tickets are currently available through the MICA College Store located at 1200 Mount Royal Avenue:

In Advance: $15 general; $6 MICA Students with ID; $10 MICA Faculty, Staff, and College Students with ID Tickets available the night of the event will be $25 (cash only, while supplies last).

Editor's Note: A preview of Eclectic |i/klektik| takes place Friday, April 18 at 10 p.m. in Brown Center's Falvey Hall for families and friends of the student designers, models, and performers. Fashion industry professionals and the media are invited to attend both the preview and the Fashion Show on Saturday, April 19. To RSVP, contact Mikhael Mei Williams at 410-225-2300 or mwilliams01@mica.edu. Tickets for the preview are required.

For more information, visit www.mica.edu or call 410-225-2300.

Designer's Statements

Karen Boyer (Junior, Fibers Major) Narrative is a common thread throughout my life and work. I love to write and invent stories or embellish upon stories already written. My favorite books change through the years but I always find myself drawn back to the fairy tales I loved as a little girl. My father had a big black anthology of classic tales -Aesop, Grimm, and Anderson. Growing up in a small New England town, playing in the fields and forests, I identified with these young girls in the woods, facing a big world filled with unexpected magic. Through my collection I hope to give these characters a place to tell new stories, to continue the stories the Brothers Grimm begun years ago. I hope to give these girls a new life and lead them out of the woods.

Ashley Charit (Senior, Fibers Major) My collection references memories from time abroad in Italy, and how the culture influenced me and changed my life perspective. To create a composition for a print on a garment I combine images of landscapes from photographs with maps and other objects collected. I transform the original form of an image or a scene into a pattern or a new composition. By abstracting this form, the place fades and morphs into something new, just as a memory transforms and shifts as we grow.

Katie Coble (Sophomore, Fibers Major) Often times my intent when making a garment is to question what it is clothing can, or is expected to do. Most of the garments I am most interested in making are re-purposed garments or multifunctional. I often get really involved in the garment as an individual object that contains its own existence by conveying a meaning beyond just covering. I enjoy making each garment with individual intent because fashion can be a contrived industry with a tendency towards marketing as opposed to creative expression.

Jillian Coratti (Senior, Fibers Major) The way a person dresses reflects two major ideas: one, how that person perceives themselves and two, who that person wants most to attract. As a fashion designer I am responsible for clearly conveying the look the wearer desires through the garment I make. I am determined to make the wearer feel comfortable and confident in the garment while simultaneously expressing my personal views on attractive styles, be it children's wear, vintage garments or theater costume inspired. By utilizing my own personal opinions of color theory and fabric selection I can convey my concepts of fun in unconventional way. Through specifying the certain utilitarian functions of a garment, I am able to create fashion concepts, which originate from the fundamentals of costume.

Avelina Dougan (Senior, Fibers Major) This year my work revolved around the theme of comfort and the role that fabric plays in garments. My goal was to design a line of clothing that would not only be cozy but also fashionable. I did not want my garments to look shapeless or something just picked up off the floor and put on before walking out the door. To accomplish this, I drew inspiration from traditional garments from other cultures and ultimately focused on the Middle East region. I retained the traditional structure but replaced traditional materials with jersey. The reason why I picked jersey was because in my opinion it is the most comfortable material. There is noting greater than coming home after a long hard day and slipping into a favorite t-shirt, or getting into bed between cotton jersey sheets. I wanted to re-create this feeling but extend it to something wearable throughout the day.

Brandy Godsil (Junior, Fibers Major) My work is the physical portrayal of a personal set of experiences obtained during the creation process. In my collection this year, I am directly addressing self-awareness that is a constant source of internal conflict. It is as though my mind and body are internally, externally, and eternally at war with each other. This tension causes a constant state of anxiety that is best communicated through a series of masks. Placed over the face and head, the identity of the wearer is obscured, though through some irregular openings where the threads have allowed light to come through, the skin and features of the face are visible.

Hayley Griffin (Junior, Graphic Design Major) Using water balloons as sculptural material, my garments recreate organic forms with a man-made commodity. Inspired by the texture and form of seaweed and kelp observed during a recent trip to Newfoundland, I chose an inorganic material that simultaneously echoed and contrasted rockweed's pod-like shape. My water balloons trade the green-grey palette of the northern landscape for day-glow and rainbow. Their overlapping forms mirror the intricate growth patterns of ocean plants, creatively interpreted on textile. The whimsy of these layered balloons is tied to a greater political message. My design work over the last year has been concerned with global sustainability, and environmental concerns which, in turn, influenced my choice of material. While the plastic balloons in neon hues I've used evoke images of abundant waste; my medium is completely biodegradable. Ultimately, the balloons will break down, the colors will fade, and they integrate back into the earth, joining the kelp and seaweed they once portrayed.

Kendra Lee Hebel (Senior, Fibers Major) My identity and understanding of space has been influenced by transitions from suburban space (which is highly organized and condensed) to rural space (where space is vast and dispersed). These transitions have shaped my understanding of space as well as my identity and place within society. I am working with these ideas and experiences because they are prime examples of tension and cohabitation. This work is highly conceptual and performance based. This is something that I feel is part of an evolutionary process in the field of fashion. It is meant to challenge the viewer's ideas about bodies, clothing, rooms, and geographic location as a means of understanding personal identity within those spaces.

Gabrielle Jolly (Sophomore, Fibers Major) My intention as a designer is to make clothes that apply to everyone. Fashion shouldn't be segregated by race, height, sex, or size. The underlying themes of my work are foreign musical subcultures and street styles. I have always been attracted to things a bit outside the norm: manga, Japanese rock, transvestites, and cosplay. I gravitate towards the different or beautiful and try to present them using myself as a model. This often results in stares and questions from passerby's, but that is my goal to activate curiosity.

Christina Kaputsos (Sophomore, Illustration Major) My collection does not use cloth fabric but instead, incorporates the unconventional material paper to make my garments. I hand make all of the paper used in constructing each garment and individually dye and decorate each piece. I also incorporate found items such as tissue paper and newsprint. I drew inspiration from Indian, Tibetan, Japanese, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures and their portraits of women and women in myth. With my collection I tell the story of the goddess within every woman.

Melody Lin (Junior, Fibers Major) I draw inspiration from underwater aesthetics to create abstract patterns in order to form a new identity. By exploring the depths of the ocean, I transcend what is known and make a new skin with my designs.

Sam Margherita (Junior, Fibers Major) My work is unapologetically organic. I am constantly borrowing from nature for conceptual and decorative purposes. I find inspiration for design elements everywhere in nature, whether it is discoloration or asymmetry. I do research and drawings before I begin actually designing. I really think it is important to fully develop your design. Once I have something I like I make at least five more variations of it. I am most interested in relationships between colors and patterns, and spend significant time considering color combinations or hand-drawing patterns to print. Colors and patterns for aesthetic purposes can be just as important as concept for me. I have always lived in an urban environment but the idea of making nature infused urban clothes is really appealing to me.

Erin McAleavy and Kaelie Barnard (Sophomore and Junior, Fibers Majors) As we all know, monsters. You might also be aware, Nordic folk costumes. And finally, elementary biology. And TomFord@yahoo.com (do not use, as not real). Disease: SAMI (Severe, Accute, Monsterator, Inflammation) Symptoms: • Strong desire to eat babies • Sporadic antler/horn/tusk growth • Radiant golden luster • Hairballs • Rashes resembling vinyl and/or imitation chainmail • Inflamed mustache/mild tentacle irritation/(appearance of tentacles) • Severe curling of toes • Mild dendraphilia • Chicken mumps/mermaid pox Treatment: • Bath of liquid gold -or- • Fashion show attendance

Lotfy Nathan and Cole Shapiro (Sophomore and Senior, Painting Major) We approached the fashion show as artists rather than designers. Fashion design and the making of clothes is something we exploit as a tool for artistic expression rather than functionality. This frees us from the more traditional constraints of the role of fashion designers.

Candace Steiger (Junior, Fibers Major) I am very intrigued by the issues that arise when garments that are historically considered hyper-feminine are combined with notions of traditional hyper-masculinity. My line was created by joining the two worlds in a way that allows the clothing to carry the strength and beauty of a uniform and also pull in traditional, American hand making techniques. Through combining these influences, I wish to create dialogue on societal concepts of female identity and sexuality.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.