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MICA Student Designers Interpret Beauty for 2009 Fashion Show

Signature Benefit Event Takes Place April 18 in Falvey Hall of Brown Center

Posted 04.02.09 by MICA Media Relations

2009 designers Elyza Brillantes '10 and Marla Parker '10

BALTIMORE--Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) hosts Ma Beauté à Moi (My Kind of Beauty), the 16th Annual Benefit Fashion Show, a night of elegance, grace, and drama, Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. in Falvey Hall of Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. The always sold-out event, which features 10 visually stunning collections by 13 emerging designers this year, is directed by MICA's Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development and co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations.

Student designers from a wide array of disciplines will send models down the catwalk wearing creative, original works ranging from ready-to-wear to haute couture. The title, Ma Beauté à Moi, reflects the designers' personal interpretation and response to the theme of beauty.

This year's benefit fashion show was organized under the direction of Clyde Johnson, assistant dean of diversity and intercultural development, and coordinated by MICA sophomore Brittany Marrow (fiber major) and junior Nikia Kigler (general fine arts major). Proceeds provide scholarships for students who participate in the College's diversity programs.

Designers: Maria Chaverri '11, Katie Coble '10, Leanne Guaneri '10, Hayley Griffin '09, Emily Manning '11, Virginia Rohr '11, and Katie Waterworth '10. Designer Teams: Elyza Brillantes '10 and Marla Parker '10, Paul Crump '09 and Abigail Peterson '09, and Sarah Konigsburg '10 and Julia Stone '10.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the April 18 show. Advance tickets, available for purchase at the MICA College Store at 1200 W. Mount Royal Ave., are $15 for college students with ID and $20 for the general public. Tickets at the door, cash only, are $35 for all.

A preview of Ma Beauté à Moi for the MICA community takes place Friday, April 17 at 10 p.m. in Falvey Hall. MICA students with ID are $5. MICA faculty and staff with ID may bring spouses or children. All tickets are $10. Fashion industry professionals and members of the media are invited to attend both the preview show on April 17 and the main fashion show on April 18.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: 2009 designers Elyza Brillantes '10 and Marla Parker '10.

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.