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MICA Launches Week of Fashion With Annual Shows, April 9–16

Fashion Events Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education, Voice of America, WBAL TV, Others

Posted 03.04.11 by mica communications

Mika Eubanks, from "Four Women" collection for "Genuine Articles" (photo by Derek Blanks '00).

BALTIMORE--This April, MICA challenges conventional wisdom and proves that Baltimore is a center of fashion and design innovation. From Saturday, April 9 to Saturday, April 16, two distinct shows, both featuring original, purposeful designs, aim to usher in a new view of fashion in Baltimore: singularly inventive. Juxtaposed against standard fashion events in the city, these shows present a fresh perspective on design in Baltimore in a way that may revolutionize the way the city-and the world-engage in fashion invention here.

MICA students will exhibit their unique abilities to create clothing that inspires both thought and action. RACK: An Experimental Fashion Event pushes the boundaries of what a traditional fashion show is with more than 150 artists, performers and musicians participating. Genuine Articles: Designs That Give a Damn, 2011's incarnation of MICA's Annual Benefit Fashion Show, is an interdisciplinary exploration of fashion's potential to impact society, with both practical and outrageous designs.

Additionally, MICA's smart textiles lab, the largest out of all American art colleges, participated in multiple events in April. Details about its activity can be found here.

  • WATCH: Designer Mika Eubanks discusses her fashion line on WBAL TV.
  • READ: Chronicle of Higher Education's review of Week of Fashion.
  • WATCH: Voice of America's coverage of the College's smart textile projects.
  • READ: Baltimore Afro's story on Derek Blanks '00 and Reggie Wells '71, and their involvement with Week of Fashion.
  • READ: b free daily's royal spin off on a student's wedding line.
  • READ: Baltimore Gay Life's take on the experimental fashion event.
  • READ: City Best's feature on Week of Fashion.
  • WATCH: Ms. Charm's Chic footage of the experimental fashion event.
  • WATCH: Radar Redux's footage.
  • READ: MICA student makes LED wedding gown.
  • READ: Coverage also in Baltimore Sun, Baltimore magazine, City Paper, Patuxent Papers and Urbanite magazine.



WHAT: RACK: An Experimental Fashion Event
RACK presents bodies of work pushing the boundaries of fashion and costume with performance and sound. Participating artists explore the relationship between culture and the body through originally designed and constructed garments. The annual Experimental Fashion Event is a capstone for students in MICA's experimental fashion concentration within the Fiber Department. Members of the Multi Media Event class work together for two semesters designing and crafting their own body of work, while working collaboratively to produce a live show. Students present their innovative fashion and costume designs through visually stunning live performances and projected video. The evening will involve more than 150 people-from designers to performers, roving costumed characters and musicians.

Students presenting their work include: Sharela Bonfield, Yeji Byun, Maria Chaverri, Rachel Christensen, Jacob Whayne Dillow, Ginny Duncan, Kyle England, Mika Eubanks, Sarah Ivancic, Soyoung Park, Matthew Reading, Molly Roberts, Katharine Weintraub and Nolla Yuan; graphic design assistance provided by Brianna Antonaccio

WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 6 & 9 p.m.
WHERE: 2640 (St. John's Church), 2640 St. Paul St.
COST: $5, available at the MICA Book Store, 1200 W. Mount Royal Ave. and store.mica.edu; limited tickets will be sold at the door for $10.


WHAT: Genuine Articles: Designs That Give a Damn, Annual Benefit Fashion Show
The 18th Annual Benefit Fashion Show, Genuine Articles, explores a courtship between humanity and fashion. Each collection showcases a MICA designer's unique interpretation of social design's philosophy "design like you give a damn." Clothing lines featured will be aesthetically intriguing and have practical utility in addressing an area of social engagement, whether by providing solutions for a challenging social problem or simply by providing a vehicle for communication between people. Designers hope the fashion show will have a lasting impact, and represent the culminating presentation, not the lines' final implementation. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Intercultural Development, the fashion show extends the designers' concepts and vision beyond the MICA community.

After the show, audience members are invited to mix and mingle with the designers and view an exhibition of fashion-inspired photography, illustration and fiber arts in the lobby of Falvey Hall. Fashion pictorials of the students' designs captured by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks '00 will be part of the exhibition.

Designers and design teams: Anna Obikane, Cary Gray, Etty Leon, Jenae Smith, Katharine Weintraub, Maria Chaverri and Jacob Whayne Dillow, Maria Chimishkyan and Leanna Pascual, Matthew Reading, Mika Eubanks, Semi Shin, Nolla Yuan, Sally Park, Stacie Baek, Taylor McMahon and Grace Kubilius, and Virginia Rohr

WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 8 p.m. (MICA community show: Friday, April 15, 9 p.m.)
WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
COST: $15, students; $20, general public (MICA community show: $7, students; $12, faculty & staff)


Photo caption: Mika Eubanks, from Four Women collection for Genuine Articles (photo by Derek Blanks '00).

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.