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Annual Benefit Fashion Show, April 17

Reflections Features Emerging student Designers

Posted 03.24.10 by mica communications

BALTIMORE--The runway was the centerpiece of Falvey Hall on Saturday, April 17, when MICA hosted the Annual Benefit Fashion Show, Reflections. The sold-out event featured 11 practical and outrageous collections in a wide array of disciplines, with designs as diverse as the designers themselves. Famed photographer and MICA alumnus Derek Blanks '00 was the celebrity guest and MC at the show, in addition to shooting a special series of photographs featuring the fashion.

WATCH: A highlight reel from the April 17 show.


The theme and title of the 2010 show, Reflections, examined fashion's constant cycle of rebirth -- its ability to emulate the past while capturing, or leading, contemporary societal trends and innovation. The fashion modeled in the show, all designed by MICA students, showed how traditional constants of design can be reinterpreted and repurposed in the creation of new works that reflect where society is, where it has been, and where it is going.

Show director Mika Eubanks '11 described fashion as "a physical manifestation of current thoughts and societal issues," or, in other words, a reflection of our hopes, aspirations, fears, and memories.

Prior to the show, Vintage and Vogue, a benefit sale and silent auction of gently worn, timeless designer accessories and apparel took place.

The show was accented by an exhibition of fashion-inspired photography, illustration and fiber arts in the Falvey Hall lobby as well as the Rosenberg Gallery, both in the Brown Center, on display Tuesday, April 13-Tuesday, April 20. Fashion pictorials of the students' designs photographed by Blanks were highlighted in the exhibition.

The fashion show benefits the Diversity Office Grant Fund. Eubanks directed and Erik Clark '12 co-directed of the event, sponsored by MICA's Office of Diversity & Intercultural Development.

The student designers in this year's show included: Spencer Agoston '10, Julie Cheng '10, Maria Chimishkyan '13, Mika Eubanks '11, Morgan Frailey '12, Sarah Ivancic '11, Jessica Marx '12, Anna Obikane '11, Sally Park '10, Sophia Park '10, Virgina Rohr '11, Avery Scott II '10, Jenae Smith '11 and Kate Weintraub '12.

Tickets: $15, students; $20, general public. The dress rehearsal show is $7, MICA students; $12, MICA faculty and staff, who may bring spouses or children. Tickets are available at the MICA Bookstore, 1200 W. Mount Royal Ave., and online here.

If you have any questions, contact the Communications Office at 410-225-2300.

Logo created by Stephen Edmond '11.

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.